Not only do we live a long way from my family but also a long way from K's. His parents live about 7 hours drive north of here so we don't see them so often. This is sad for the girls and especially hard as living either in the same house or at least the same block of land as your grandparents is more the norm around here. So they hear lots of stories about what their friends did with their grandparents on the weekend or where they are going with them next weekend and every now and again we get the 'why can't we live with our grandparents, too?' talk.
I know both sets of grandparents wish we lived a lot closer too (although probably not in the same house!) and they go out of their way to do things for the girls. My mum sends them random non-birthday non-Christmas letters and cards and little gifts and we skype most weekends. K's mum sends them postcards and calls and writes letters, too.
And this week she took a total of 6 trains and around seven hours and I shudder to think how much yen to come down here for Amy's kinder's grandparent's day. Well, day is rather an exaggeration. More like grandparents' morning. From 9-11 the kids bring their grandparents to kinder and do some dances together and perform some songs for them and introduce themselves and their grandparents to everyone. It's really not that terribly exciting but due to the close proximity of most grandparents it has a 99. something attendance rate... And obaachan knows this from previous years. And she didn't want to disappoint Amy or make her feel left out and lonely so she schlepped it all the way down here. Thursday night to Saturday morning. A whirlwind trip. And K and I both had work things we couldn't wiggle out of for part of Friday so K took the morning off and I took the afternoon off and we juggled it around and it all worked out somehow but only just and she was still so pleasant about it all. Travel all that way and the family doesn't even make an effort for you? ouch....
But look at this photo:
We took Amy out of kinder for the remainder of Friday so she could come home with obaachan and spend some time with her. Obaachan was happy, Amy was thrilled, the kids watching Amy leave were envious, the teacher thought it was sweet and it just made me realise why obaachan didn't mind coming all that way for little more than a day.
But I still really appreciate it.
Thank you Obaachan.