Lonely grandmother

Dear Queenie,

  My children often do not include me when they have a family get-together with their children (my grandchildren) because they say they don’t know if I am available. All they would have to do would be to call me to find out. They expect me to call them when I want to see them, but they never call me just to chat. And when I call them and invite them to my house, all they talk about is what they have been doing together without me.

  I stopped calling them for a while and didn’t hear from them at all until I started calling again.

  Queenie, what can I do to make things better?—Lonely grandmother

Dear Grandmother,

  Families, especially teenagers, tend to get busy with outside interests and often lose touch with their older relatives. Go on calling them and inviting them to your home and/or taking them out for a meal or some special event if you can afford it, and try not to fret about the fact that they do not keep in closer touch with you.

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