Grandparenting from a distance
For Selma Wasserman, living 650 kilometres away from her two grandsons wasn’t going to stop her from being a presence in their lives. Her relationship with her own grandmother had helped her understand the power and importance of this special bond.
“It was from my grandmother that I learned the most important things about myself – that I was loved and therefore lovable, that I was appreciated even though I had flaws, that I was special. If not for her, my life would have had a vacancy as large and as bitter as the Dead Sea,” explains Wasserman in her newly revised edition of The Long Distance Grandmother: How to Stay Close to Distant Grandchildren (Hartley & Marks Publishers Inc, 2001).
“While in our growing-up days, most of us could count on our grandparents living just down the block, or at least in the same town or city, today it is more often the case that grandparents live at different ends of the continent, if not in different countries,” says Wasserman