Tag: Grandparents

Ties: Seeing My Heritage Through My Grandmother’s Eyes

I always thought my eyes looked strange on my face. Nothing else about me appears characteristically Asian; my thin brown hair, my Mediterranean nose and my olive skin tone could fool anyone into thinking I am some form of Southern European. But my almond-shaped eyes with a slight tilt at the edges say something different. […]

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Generation Grandparent: When a Darling Grandbaby Becomes a Devilish Terrible Two

Who is this small hellion kicking me in the chest for the crime of trying to put her shoes on so we can walk to the park? What happened to that good-natured sprite who, mere weeks earlier, thought that the park sounded like a delightful prospect and was happy to get ready to go? The […]

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Mongolia Dispatch: At 14, She Hunts Wolves and Takes Selfies With Cherished Eagle in Mongolia

BAYAN-OLGII, Mongolia — When school is done on Fridays, Zamanbol heads back home, finishes her homework and does her chores as typical teenagers do anywhere. On Saturdays, she saddles up her horse, treks deep into snow-capped mountains and hunts wild beasts with a trusted partner: her trained bird of prey. Zamanbol, 14, is an eagle […]

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Ties: Christmas Fudge and Misremembered Snow Cream

My granny was not a traditional Southern home cook. I was an adult before I realized turkey could be something more than a dry vehicle for ketchup. Dinner with the grandparents was likely to include a kid’s meal toy. Yet, like all Southern women, my grandmother had one or two recipes for which she was […]

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Brooklyn Fire Kills Young Girls Visiting Their Grandfather

Vincente Gomez always eagerly awaited his granddaughters’ arrival on Fridays. Every other weekend, the girls, Payton Gomez, 7, and Haley Harris, 9, would stay with him in his three-bedroom apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Neighbors said they heard the girls watching TV this weekend and laughing alongside their “Papa.” But the visit that Mr. Gomez, 53, […]

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Ties: The Path to an American Dream, Paved in Vienna Fingers

To my immigrant grandmother, it was not suburban homeownership or her son’s corporate job or her grandchildren’s college plans that encapsulated the American dream. It was Vienna Fingers. The cookies were a mainstay of my childhood. My paternal grandmother, Mama, who helped raise me in a multigenerational home in New Jersey, always had Vienna Fingers […]

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Generation Grandparent: A Cornucopia of Grandparents

My 2-year-old granddaughter is going to be one happy kid on Thanksgiving Day. With three of her five grandparents on hand in Brooklyn, she’ll become the nonstop center of attention. We’ll all think every self-composed ditty she sings is genius. We’ll laugh (initially) when her response to putting on a jacket before heading outside is […]

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Arizona Boy Fatally Shoots Grandmother Who Asked Him to Clean Up, Then Kills Himself, Police Say

All day on Saturday, Yvonne Woodard and Doyle W. Hebert tried to get their 11-year-old grandson to clean up his room at their home in Litchfield Park, Ariz., about 20 miles northwest of Phoenix. Late that afternoon, the couple, who had custody of the child, sat down in their living room to watch television, the […]

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Lens: He Photographed What Hurricane Maria ‘Couldn’t Take Away’ From His Family

Like a good Puerto Rican grandmother, Amparo Negron had a warning for her grandson on his first trip back to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. “When you leave New York, it will be 2017,” Jose Alvarado Jr. recalled her saying. “And when you land in Ponce, it will be 1950.” Abuela was […]

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The Ethicist: Can I Contact the Grandkids I Discovered on a DNA Website?

Nobody — not grandparents, not uncles and aunts, not cousins — has an automatic right to be in the lives of those to whom they’re genetically related. Otherwise every adoption would come with a crowd of compulsory genetic relatives. If we want adoptions to occur, it’s unwise to burden adoptive families with all these obligations, […]

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