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grand legacy

Find the portal to your grandchild's world
BY JERRY WITKOVSKY

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grandchild's world is school, friendships (boys and girls)
parents (my daughter and son-in-law), the other grandparents, siblings, dreams, passions, technology, music
and the next "first" on the horizon. Those firsts are easy to celebrate when they are young: the first step, the first lost tooth,
first hobbies. As they grow up they are sometimes more reticent
to share how they feel about their firsts...things like puberty,
starting high school, becoming young adults.
As they age and discover new things, we too, the grandparents,
may find ourselves in a world that feels foreign.

Kids today can have a conversation
with someone on the other side of the
globe in real time.
I grew up during the depression (I'll be 90 in March). That
new-fangled invention, the telephone, may have revolutionized communication in my day, but it was still expensive, so not
everyone could afford one. A printed newspaper, for 5 cents, was
the quickest and best way to get the news. We wrote letters and
waited for weeks to hear from friends or family.
We didn't have a television at home. On Sunday nights we
would sit around the radio and listen to shows like The Jack Benny
Show or Burns and Allen. That was the highlight of our Sunday.
I imagine my world must seem as foreign to my grandchildren
as their world sometimes does to me.
Kids today can have a conversation with someone on the other
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MARCH APRIL 2018

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