I grew up calling my Grandma "Grandma Far Away". My Mom is from St. Louis, MO and moved to NJ to start our family. Because St. Louis is so far away, I grew up calling her Grandma Far Away! She would sign her cards and notes as Grandma Far Away, so it has stuck into my adulthood, 40 years later!
This year, my Grandma Far Away will be celebrating her 91st birthday in October. We were able to visit with her last year to celebrate her 90th. It was a difficult visit. While we tried to enjoy our time we had with her, we sat with her during lunch, took her to get her hair cut, and had a birthday party in her room, it was hard to see her disappear. She didn't really remember me, we had to constantly remind her who she was speaking to.
A year later, she is definitely worse. My Mom will be visiting again, but I'm not going. Grandma sometimes forgets she even had kids. It's going to be another difficult visit for my Mom, but she needs to go.
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