It’s a hard history to acknowledge, but my Grandpa and his son, my dad, did not talk or see each other for years. Then suddenly, Grandpa died and it left a hole of grief in Dad’s heart afterwards.
A little over 15-years later, a nearly identical situation carried itself out as I learned my dad had passed away. We had not seen each other in over 12-years, though I was able to reach him for a while at his job and I sent him letters and cards.
Now, I’m seeing my son gravitate away from me, as I did with my father. It’s a family history I don’t want to see repeated and yet have no idea how to halt.