They had 2 children (my mother in law and her brother), 5 grandchildren and now 4 great grandchildren. Unfortunately, only our family and my mother and father in law will be there. I wish more family (the cousins) would come. But I understand. They are scattered across the country and we are nearby. I don't know when the last time the cousins visited them. If it were my grandparents and we were across the country, would we come? I would like to think we would. My mom reminded me that I didn't visit my grandma very much near the end. We visited in 2006. She had dementia pretty bad then. It is a 6 or 7 hour drive from our house. Excuses. But Charlie had never met her and I wanted to make the trip. It was a short visit and she repeated the same stories over and over. But it was important that we do that. It was important to me. I remember when each of my nieces and nephews were born, my brother and sister would drive with their infants to Iowa to "present" the great grandchild. I never got to present mine. My daughter attended her funeral.
70 years is a big deal. It's important to me that we celebrate with them. It's important to me that we take my children to visit their great grandparents. They only have two. So I will dress them up and take lots of pictures. Not for the great grandparents. Not for the great grandchildren. But for me. Without our grandparents, there would be no me or you.