How to be Involved With Grandchildren

Walter is a widower whose grown daughter, Dawn, and son-in-law, Mike, think they’re cheering him up by inviting him to every school play, soccer match, and tap recital in which his grandchildren take part. This is not Walter’s idea of a big time, especially when the grandchildren’s “part” may be so tiny as to be invisible. Still, he is appreciative that Dawn and Mike want to include him, and he doesn’t want to hurt their feelings. Should he go whenever he’s invited, bow out selectively and gracefully, or just say he has a blanket policy of not attending any kiddie activities?

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