STAYING CONNECTED NO MATTER WHERE WE ARE The Joys of Long-Distance Parenting
beautiful place to visit in the summer. Even better, Susie’s brother lives nearby, and the summer is when Dane’s twins, Zoe and Forrest, are back from college. They’re an incredible pair, and it’s amazing to see what mature, intelligent young adults they’ve become. Kristin lives in San Francisco, where she works as the founder and president of Groupaya, a company that helps business executives improve their leadership skills. I never would’ve guessed that a dentist who grew
The start of a new year brings to mind thoughts of new beginnings and exciting adventures. For Susie and me, the single greatest journey of our lives has been that of parenthood. We have two wonderful children, Dane and Kristin, who’ve created amazing lives for themselves. We’re a very lucky pair of parents and grandparents. Every parent wants to see their children succeed, but it can be bittersweet watching them leave the nest. Our kids are long since
3 generations...grandson Forrest, son Dane & Jan
Grandpa Jan with Kaelan at Thanksgiving
past that transition, but it’s still something we think about. There’s a part of us that will always wish our kids were closer, but that is always counteracted by the pride we have in them. One of the best aspects of our hyper-connected world is that it makes distance less of a hurdle to staying in touch. Susie is regularly on the phone with our kids and
up in Kansas would end up the father of a high-powered Silicon Valley executive, but I’m mighty proud of what she’s accomplished. Kristin’s 16-year-old son, Kaelen, is the final member of our brood. He’s probably tired of everyone asking what he’s thinking about for college, so let’s just say he’s bound to achieve great things no matter where he goes or what he studies.
“THERE’S A PART OF US THAT WILL ALWAYS WISH OUR KIDS WERE CLOSER, BUT THAT IS ALWAYS COUNTERACTED BY THE PRIDE WE HAVE IN THEM.”
Kristin & Kaelan celebrating Kaelan’s 16th birthday
With the twins in college out east, Kristin and Kaelen in California, and Dane in Colorado, we’ve got loved ones in nearly every corner of the country. And, being the wonderful children they are, they always make time to visit us when they can. Kristin and Kaelen came to Tulsa for Thanksgiving, and Dane and Forrest came for the annual opening day of pheasant hunting. It means the world to know that nobody has outgrown spending time with Susie and me.
grandkids, making us feel present even when they’re thousands of miles away. To be honest, I don’t reach out as often as I’d like, but it’s always a joy to get on the phone with family. Luckily, I always have Susie to give me updates on their latest accomplishments. Having family scattered throughout the country makes it hard for us all to get together in Tulsa, but it does give us the opportunity to travel. Dane lives in Boulder, Colorado, which is a
Grandma Susie & Kaelan, refreshment stop at Braum’s
-Dr. Jan L. Cobble If you have children pursuing new adventures this year, I encourage you to watch in wonder. If our experience is any indication, it will be hard for you to let them go — but it will be worth every tear and long hug goodbye.
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