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travel

Our outrageously successful
intergenerational trip to Colorado
BY SANDY BORNSTEIN

W

hen my husband and I raised four children, we never
imagined our current scenario- an expat son living in
Asia with his family and our other three sons traveling
extensively for business. In any given week, at least one son is
traveling and oftentimes more than one is on the road.
With so many schedules to juggle, opportunities to bring the
whole family together are limited. While my ultimate goal is to
have everyone under the same roof at least once a year, I feel

fortunate when three out of our four sons gather with
their respective families.
After our expat grandson was born, I struggled. My
initial concept of family unity didn't jive with reality. Over
time, I accepted the fact that the consistent grandparent visits of my children's youth would not be part of my
expat grandchildren's memories. To compensate for this
deficit, we connected on a regular basis using FaceTime.
Instead of being
frustrated with a situation that wasn't going to
change, I adapted. I found
ways to connect with our
grandson despite the distance that separated us.
While FaceTime and
Skype can bring families
together by using modern
technology, these methods
will never replace actual
visits. Within months of
our grandson's birth, we
started planning intergenerational trips in the
United States and abroad.
These trips united my husband and me with our son
Three generations of the Bornstein family - Crested Butte, Colorado
and his family, but these
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wonderful adventures did not connect our son's family with the
rest of our family.
During past visits to the US, our time together as a family was
limited to a meal or two or possibly a family photo shoot. The
time at these events passed far too quickly. Within no time, our
grandson flew back to India without much interaction with his
American based family.
My dissatisfaction with this situation resulted in the planning
of a family trip that coincided with the time our expat son and his
family would be in the United States. Luckily, two of his younger
brothers were available. His third brother didn't want to commit
since he was uncertain if his family would be able to travel with a
two-year-old and a newborn infant.

"

To maximize the quality of our
interaction time, we rented a
mountain home
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