GRAND Magazine - November/December 2012 - (Page 36)

Grandma & Grandpa KaRen & I BY AlAiNA sMith hadn’t seen my grandfather for more than five years, not since my grandmother’s funeral, and I was looking forward to spending Christmas with him. I envisioned the cozy house I remembered from childhood visits. I could picture every detail perfectly—except one: Grandpa’s new girlfriend. I knew that her name was Karen and she was 25 years younger than my grandfather. I also knew she was living with Grandpa and had known him for many years. In fact, she and her late husband had been longtime friends with my grandparents. Grandpa had been married to Grandma for more than 50 years, and losing her to cancer had been devastating for him. Grandpa deserved to be happy again, and from what I’d heard, he was happy with Karen. 36 GRAND NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - November/December 2012

GRAND Magazine - November/December 2012
Kid-Safe Shopping
A Swiss Family Tradition
Holidays + Grandchildren = Merry Mayhem
Grand Wit & Wisdom
The Rocky Balboa of Grandparenting
Kellie Pickler: Grand-Raised and Proud of It
Bill Cosby: America’s Favorite TV Dad
Holiday Stress-Busters
Holiday Gift Guide
Shut Out for the Holidays?
Holiday Fun for All Ages!
Grandma & Grandpa & Karen
Be Thankful! It’s Good for You
Grand Giggles
Kinship Care Resources

GRAND Magazine - November/December 2012