Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

2016 for Grandkids Means New Opportunities -- and Teeth

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

2016 for Grandkids Means New Opportunities -- and Teeth

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CHANGE AND THE FUTURE

Dear Emily, Kate, Logan, Adeline and Grayson,

As 2015 nears an end, my head is spinning with all the events that have happened and all the changes this year has brought. But I know that what seems revolutionary to me is commonplace for you, my five adored grandchildren.

I'm sure none of you remembers when a telephone was something that hung on the wall or sat on a table and had a cord connected to the wall. It could not bring up images of the people you were calling or help you find the answer to a perplexing question. The only way to get the number of the person you were calling was to look in the telephone book. If the recipient lived in another town, the task became more complicated.

Your Pop even uses his smart phone to pay for things he buys at the drug store and at his favorite fast-food establishment.

When the oldest of you -- our twin girls -- were born, I took great delight in buying clothes at my favorite store that specialized in children's items. I would select them, puzzling over what size was right, then pack them up and send them along. But by the time the rest of you were born, I was doing my shopping online. The selection was better and the store sent the items directly to your house.

And speaking of houses, the two of you who live in Florida have a new one. Actually, it's not exactly new, but it is yours with more room for playing and a place for all your things. You all are blessed to have solid houses to live in, toys and books to help you learn, caring people in your lives. It is important to remember that not all children are so lucky and if you get the chance to help someone along the way, it will help you too.

The cars you are riding in now sport all sorts of new technologies to make driving easier and safer. When your parents were children, we actually rolled down the windows with a crank, the driver had to turn around to see if the way was clear to back up and there were no movies to watch on a long trip.

I can't imagine what changes await us in 2016.

But the things I will remember most about this year have nothing to do with technological advances, though they are nonetheless significant. …

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