I recently had the incredible opportunity of a lifetime. Last month I got to introduce my 6 month old daughter to my 90 year old grand (and her great grand) dad. One life lived, another life about to be lived. We all know life is short. We hear it so much we become desensitized to the saying. But it's true. In that moment, I knew I had to make a few changes for the sake of my daughter and my family. Living far from home is hard. After that familial meeting I began to long for the old days when generations of families would live in the same house (okay, maybe that would be a little tough), or on the same block, or, at the very least, in the same city. I began to think of all the things she's missing out on by not being under her very own "family umbrella". Everything to my daughter is new and significant since she is experiencing it for the very first time. I want my family to experience all my daughter's "firsts." Those only happen once. So when people ask me what my summer vacation plans are, I have one boring but significant answer. As many days as I can spare, I'll be down on the beach, under my grandparents' umbrella, seated between my 90 year old grandparents and my now 7 month old daughter, watching the waves roll in and taking good care that we don't eat too much sand.
AUTHOR: Marni Chaikin
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