Monday, January 30, 2017

Slicing Into Connections




       I'm slicing with the Two Writing Teachers community today. It's always a pleasure to read what everyone writes about their lives.
         
         I share more on Facebook and here on my blog about my granddaughters, Ingrid, almost 8, and Imogene, 5 and 1/5 than I do about my grandson, almost 16. First of all, he lives in Texas, and second, he's almost 16! He does call occasionally and sometimes when my son calls, Carter will say hi and talk a bit. But he is not the little boy I used to have visit so often, and take places. He has his life to live like all young teens. I miss him and love when he visits. Since Carter and his family moved to another state about 5 years ago, I've sent him a postcard every week, one way to let him know I'm thinking of him, and hoping his life is going great! That's one way to make connections.
         Carter is interested in photography, and the large part of his Christmas gift this year was a new lens for his camera. I'm writing this intro because while I don't have as much interaction with Carter as I used to, he knows how much I love him, and enjoy being with him when I can. So, a day or so ago I received a photo from Carter. During the holidays, he did tell me that he would send some of his pictures! Connections aren't always like others, but they are there just the same. Carter knows how much I love birds. And a picture really can say a thousand words.



15 comments:

  1. I know how difficult it is to stay connected when family is so far apart. You always have such interesting photos, now you can see Carter's view of the world too.

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    1. Seeing Carter's photos is going to be a very nice thing, agreed. Thanks, Elsie.

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  2. The important part is that there are connections no matter what those connections are or how they are made. How wonderful that you and Carter share the special bond of photography. Pictures can and do sometimes say so much more than words.

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    1. Yes, it is something good to hold close. Thanks!

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  3. You are right, there are many ways to connect and show that you care. When I saw the photo I imagined how a poem might take shape in your head.

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    1. Thanks, Terje. It is something for the imagination!

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  4. I was thinking the same thing, Terje pointed out-Carter as photographer, and Grandma Linda as the poet. Connecting with family out of your area is important so that reminds me I owe some phone calls tonight, Linda.

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  5. What a beautiful love ritual to send him a postcard a week! And how fabulous that he shares photos. So lovely. Such a great way to keep a strong connection! Thank you for this sweet post.

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  6. Your connections with your grandchildren are so special and will sustain them forever. Love the photograph. Some budding talent there!

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  7. Your grandson clearly prefers an artist connection with you at this stage of his life. And how nice that you have that special connection with him. I wonder that a card once a week from you might overwhelm him or make him feel he's not communicating enough? Just a thought since my own son likes his "space" and I try to respect that. We are very close as a result.
    Lovely post...your caring really comes through.

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  8. What a sweet, thoughtful young man! I love that you send him a postcard each week. I'm tucking that idea away and saving it for when I have a grandchild. Thank you for sharing, Linda!

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  9. That is an amazing photo - I ended up staring at it for some time. He is very talented. I love that you send a postcard a week - what a great idea. No doubt he knows how much you love him. Thank you - I hope to see more pictures soon (and love the idea of you writing poetry to go with some of them!)
    Clare

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  10. Oh, wow, tell Carter that that's an incredible photo! I love how he captured the one bird in flight while the others sit comfortably around the bush! What a special connection! :-)

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  11. Thanks, everyone, it is a special thing to have a grandchild. I have had some wonderful mentors in my life, and am grateful for that, too.

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  12. What a gift. To know you well and act on it as a 16 year old boy. Lucky grandma!

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