Your grandparents leave tomorrow after an extended stay – your grandmother for four weeks and your grandfather for two. You took maybe ten minutes to warm up to them initially and from then on you had some new favorites around the house. Your mother and I were no longer the only ones you’d target from across the room and beeline over to hug their legs.
As much as it was an opportunity to involve them in your life, it was also for another period of time for me to be around them because these opportunities are few and far between as we get older. It’s more frequent than in recent years only because your presence is a big catalyst for them to come visit, but still not something any of us can just decide to do on a random Saturday afternoon. My relationship with my own parents hasn’t always been the smoothest and that is still somewhat true these days, but I come around much quicker now and have more sympathy being a parent myself now. Of course, that will never save us from the cultural, generational, and language barriers which exist. That’s three hurdles and I was always a sprinter rather than a hurdler.
In any case, I am very thankful they came and for putting their lives on hold to be here for such a long time. Not only did you get to bond with them, but it allowed your mother and I to recuperate. Getting a few weeks of 6-7 hours of uninterrupted sleep does wonders for your body. Your mother especially is more or less back in one piece after hanging by threads for months in the lead up to your grandparents visiting. And every night, before bed, your mother and I wonder aloud to each other: “What are we going to do after they leave??”