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Carol Perkins: A visit with the grandsons

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By Carol Perkins

For Father's Day, Jon devised a plan for Guy. The gift involved the Texas grandsons. Jon gave his dad a one-way ticket to Austin, an overnight stay, and a road trip with Luke (18) and Noah (14) back to Kentucky with Luke and Guy rotating driving duties.

Guy left for Austin on Saturday and by Monday night they were in Kentucky. During those long hours on the road, Guy had a chance to be alone with the young men, which doesn't happen often, if ever. Then the plan continued. The boys were to visit here until Friday the 2nd and then I was going to make the road trip back to Texas with them and spend a week! As I sit at my computer, my bags are packed, and we leave in the morning. Where was Eme? She had a beach trip planned during this time. This gift keeps giving.

When young people are around, life is better. At least that's true for me.

I had an extra kick in my step. Carla and our third grandson J.C. came overnight. We visited their great-grandmother, and they went with me to a play at Yancy's on the Square. I cooked their favorite dishes, played UNO, asked general trivia questions, sat on the patio, and swatted bugs. I said, "Name something I can't do fast? (I'm always rushing)" Noah said, "Walk through an airport." I listened as they sat at the kitchen table and talked. The house will be too quiet when they are gone.

Among our many conversations came the subject of distance and how far away we are from them. I said, "Wouldn't you love it if we lived closer? You could come by, and I'd have your favorite foods ready, and we could hang out." Noah (the family wit) said, "How close?"

I once thought I might have the best of two worlds: our house here and a condo in Austin. As the grandchildren get older and head to college, I know that won't happen. I joked to J.C. that I would like to have a house near them. He said there are two for sale. I don't need to live near either of them because I'm too full of advice. However, being with them uplifts me for several weeks.

FYI: When I wrote about phones ringing at the most inappropriate times, little did I know that in the middle of the play at Yancy's, I would hear a familiar sound coming from my purse. My grandson went for it (the light was bright) and turned it off. My phone has a mind of its own.

Carol's most recent book, based on a true story, The Case of the Missing Ring, is available through Amazon, both paperback and ebook. You can contact her at

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