GRAND Magazine - February 2009 - (Page 27)

Dorcas Corbin knew where she wanted to go; and when her husband, Bill, said he was okay with leaving his lifetime home of Baltimore to move closer to their daughter Stacey, who was pregnant with her second child, Corbin put the wheels in motion, put their house on the market and began looking for new jobs in Charlotte, North Carolina. “We had no hand in helping them sell their home or tie up loose ends in their current home or jobs,” says Corbin’s daughter Stacey. “We sent them relocation information and job ads, and advanced them a bit of money to cover their first months in the apartment, as well as the cost of movers until the money from their house closing cleared.” However, not all went well with the Corbins. Within a year, the company Bill was working for was sold, and that left him looking for another new job. “My father had been at the same kind of work for 35 years and hadn’t had a job interview in all that time,” recalls Stacey. “Helping them both find full-time employment was the most stressful part of their move for all of us. “It was a tough few months before he found a new position. I waited daily for the phone to ring to hear them tell us they were moving back to Baltimore.” But the phone call didn’t come. Dorcas says that financially this hasn’t been the best move for Bill and her, but she feels fortunate to have a job in an unstable economy. “We’ve had to start all over again,” she says, but adds, “A house is a shell, and a home is where your heart is—our home is with our family and grandchildren.” Joyce and David Cook have been inching their way closer to their grandkids since 1999, when they left the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to the Southeast. That first move put them 24 miles away from their daughter and her family, and they lived that way for eight years before deciding to move even closer—within three miles. “We’re close for emergencies,” says David. “It’s nice not being a long distance call.” Despite the proximity, however, the family says they respect one another’s lives and privacy, and 90 percent of the time they call before they visit. “We don’t see each other as often as you’d think, but plenty often enough,” says Joyce. “We don’t have to travel as far to get to Grandma’s house,” says the Cooks’ 9-year-old granddaughter, Kennedy. “We get to sleep over more often too!” “The kids are just as at home at my house as they are at theirs. They know the snack drawer, First Person We moved to be near our grandchildren and learned a lot about compromise. By Gloria Raskin GO FEBRUARY 2009 GRAND 27

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - February 2009

GRAND Magazine - February 2009
GRAND Central
On the Cover: Susan L. Taylor, One in a Million
Get a Job!
The Healthy Crib
Movin’ to the G’Kids
Closing In
10 Disney Secrets
Just the Family We Are
Grand Prix: 0-3
Left Behind
Cycle Safe
GRAND Finale

GRAND Magazine - February 2009