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July 4, 2013

Choosing among your own grandchildren

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Here’s what the man did. One week here, another week there. They’d visit him and he would reciprocate. I have a friend in Boston who’s faced with a similar dilemma. Two of his four children are here. The others live in California.

Back and forth he goes, piling up frequent flyer points with haste. One graduation near home, another 3,000 miles away. For his 50th wedding anniversary, he invited the entire family to join him in Armenia and they all reciprocated, 19 in all.

Got rather costly, but it was his gift to his children while he was still alive, not dead. The memories he shared with his loved ones on that golden milestone were indelible.

I don’t mind the games and activities. Actually, they’re quite fun. But babysitting them can become a hassle, especially when they won’t go to bed.

More ice cream and cookies please!

Writer and photographer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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