I feel sad. Disappointed. Somewhat crushed.
Trying to maintain relationships by phone are sometimes trying. The technology of Skyping and Face time have greatly improved communications, but still ... being able to see others face-to-face on a regular basis keeps relationships healthier. Don't you think?
The case in point
But what triggers my sadness today is we haven't even had a good telephone conversation with them. Last month, they weren't their usual exuberant selves. We have been waiting for an opportunity to talk to them for the last two weeks, but it just hasn't happened. So this morning, they called while on their way to school. Excited hellos from us, a hello from one of them and silence from the other. Papa and I tried to ask about soccer, their achievements, their fun, but nothing seemed to spark a conversation. Mom explained that Noah was feeling grumpy this morning, and my attempts at kidding and telling them Papa was a little sleepy and asking if there was anyone in the car who was happy. That wasn't very humorous (to anyone but me (Dopey), that is).
Their lives are changing. They are approaching ages 5 and 7, and beginning to be more involved with their friends, soccer, swimming, all the exciting adventures their Dad takes them to and spending many really good times with their cousins. They are blessed indeed.
|At another motorcross event|
|With their cousins|
There is never a dull moment for them and it occurred to me that maybe quiet time for them is in the car on the way to school. (That is just my logic today. ;-))
My head reminds me these boys always look forward to our visits and also want to come stay with us and I know that when we see them again, they will be very excited and happy for us to be there, and we will have a great time.
|Sad good-byes when we leave|
But my heart is a little down. So, my question here is, for you who have grandchildren out-of-town, any suggestions on maintaining relationships with children by telephone? All previous phone calls with them have always been exuberant, happy to hear from us and excited to show off.
Any good tips? Good conversation starters?