The Long Journey Home

We have had a great time at the beach in Destin.  Our site is very close to the beach and we can see the water while sitting at our site.  The water is warm and very clear.  Sebellah has had a good time playing in the water and she has made great progress on this trip with her comfortableness in the water and swimming skills.

Today, we will be heading to New Orleans for a day and then westward, toward Arizona.  We are debating skipping Galveston, so that we can have shorter drive times each day.  We have about 2200 miles to travel to make it home.  It is a long journey.

The long journey is a good metaphor for the adventure of raising a grandchild.  It too is a long journey.  Thinking about all that we will have to face over the next 15 to 20 years, particularly, can be overwhelming at times.  Thinking about school issues, broken bones and broken heats to come, is daunting, to say the least.  Yet, just like our trip home from Florida, there are no short cuts.

The trip home for Sebellah and I will at least be experienced with “Lolli”, which will make it much more manageable.  Having significant people to share the journey does make all the difference.  That is one of the reasons that we are planning on starting our support group this fall.  Having a place to interact with others who are experiencing a similar journey can make a huge difference.  We need each other’s support and also the benefit of shared resources.  It is an especially long journey, traveled alone.

So, we will share the journey.

Rich, “Pops”


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I have been involved in the field of Human Services for 30 plus years. I teach in the field of Human Services for Purdue University Global. Allene is a stay at home "Lolli", after spending many years in the Healthcare field. We have 3 adult children and in May, 2018, we adopted our granddaughter, who is 6 years-old. We have had her since she was 5 months old. At the end of 2019, we moved to Mount Airy, North Carolina, as a part of a plan to downsize and give Allene the chance to retire, and be at home full-time. We are devoted to making a difference in Sebellah's life and also in the lives of other grandparents raising grandchildren.

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