A to Z Theme 2016

For my 2016 A to Z theme I used a meme that I ran across on the blog of Bridget Straub who first saw it on the blog of Paula Acton. This meme is a natural for me to use on my memoir blog. It's an A to Z concept and it's about me. No research and nothing complicated. I'm given twenty six questions or topics to discuss that are about me.

In April I kept my posts short and uncomplicated. In the midst of it all you might learn a few things about me that you didn't previously know.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Yearning ( #atozchallenge )

Marley in  March of 2011
     One of the strongest feelings of love is yearning.   When separation from a loved one causes those feelings of wanting to be with them so much that we are thinking of them throughout the day, that is yearning. Yearning is like a fire in the heart.  A memo on the brain attached with a tack.  

          My wife and I have two granddaughters who live on the opposite coast from us.  We don't see them much, but we have a yearning to be with them.  Especially my wife.   She talks about them daily.  She'll buy them things when she goes to the store.  They have stolen parts of our heart.

        This week one of the granddaughters will be coming to visit us for a weekend.  My wife can hardly wait, the yearning is so strong in her.   We both are thrilled because this is the oldest grandchild--she'll be five in September.   A weekend will go so fast, but it's what we've got for now.

          Someday we'll figure this out.   We've got a third grandchild on the way.  Grandparents and grandchildren shouldn't have to live on opposite coasts.  Yes, we need to figure this one out.

            Who do you have a yearning to see and spend time with?    What has been the biggest yearning in your life?  

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  1. I've been so lucky in that my family are quite close, the furthest way only a 40 minute drive. Enjoy your weekend with your little one.

  2. Hi Lee .. I think you need to give the USA a waist - then you'd live nearer together!!

    Delighted to hear the little one will be visiting and as you say - you'll have so much fun together .. enjoy this weekend .. Hilary

  3. I too yearn to see my grandchildren although they live relatively nearby it's not possible. Next week will be my only grand daughter's birthday and I will miss seeing her you see it's the same birthday as mine.


  4. My husband-to-be and I spent quite a lot of time apart and yearning certainly featured. Since then I've become more resilient about temporary or longer family separations. Will put thatnto the test in the coming year when we move away from the grandchildren. It's not easy and grandchildren steal your heart but so longnas there are frequent flyer pts and airfares it's manageable. Hope you had a great time together.

  5. That stinks having so much distance between you.

    In my opinion, yearning is also the fallout of a broken heart.

  6. As a trucker's 'wife' my yearning starts the minute he leaves and lasts all week. :( My biggest yearning is to travel but we haven't got the money to do that.

  7. Sally -- It's nice to be close to family.

    Hilary -- A week-end is so short!

    Yvonne -- Yours is an unfortunate situation.

    Pauleen -- As I grow older I'm less affected by the separations. Not that my heart's grown calloused, but I've just adapted to the way things are.

    Teresa -- Yes, I've known that fallout and in some ways it may have inured me to the prospect, but still it's not a good thing to happen.

    JoJo -- Oh yes, the yearning to travel. I have it too. If only I could find a way to get paid to do it like I used to in my touring show days.


  8. My mother used to talk about missing her mother who died when she was young. I didn't understand the yearning until I lost her. It is a very physical feeling. Still, understanding what it is makes it easier to deal with. I don't have to miss my grandson, I am raising him so I might have the opposite problem. I am yearning to grow old and he won't let me.


  9. I am so incredibly lucky. Four grandkids - two live about an hour's drive away and two are within walking distance. It's heaven.

    Like Ann, I yearn for my mom. She's been gone seven years and I miss her every day.

  10. I'm lucky enough to have all the people I love really close by. But I know that feeling and it can break your heart sometimes. Lovely post.

  11. We are blessed to be 30 miles from our two gr-daughters. Our baby grandson lives on the other side of the world, and we yearn to hold him. Oh, I understand.

  12. I was devastated when my daughter moved to California, and I thanked God when she moved back home. Now she's married and lives 20 minutes away. It's so sad that families have to part due to employment and such. America is losing the close proximity of the core family. My son lives 6 hours away, even that's too far.

  13. Ann -- Grandchildren have a way of bringing out the young in us.

    LD-- You are very fortunate. I miss my dad who has been gone for about 25 years now. So many things I'd like to ask him and talk to him about.

    Fran -- Thank you for visiting. It sounds like you are another lucky one.

    Susan -- 30 miles sounds just about right. Easy to see, but not overly close to be taken advantage of.

    Cathrina -- I grew up being apart from relatives, but now with my kids far away it's even worse.


  14. With my husband on the road so much because of his job as an over the road truck driver, I find myself yearning for him often. Most of the time I soldier on, but when he isn't home for holidays or like this weekend when I have my birthday it makes me sad and I find myself yearning that he would be. It is hard being separated so much. Sometimes I think he tries to make me mad on purpose so I won't mind his absence so much. LOL



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