Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

On being a mom & a grandma April 23, 2019

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WHEN I WATCH my granddaughter, I glimpse her mama. In a profile. In a smile. In the way her hair curls.



When I watch my grandson, I see my son. In chunky body. In his sweet face. And I flash back 25 years.

In those moments I yearn for the days of children at home. To hug. To greet every morning and kiss every night. To know they are safe and happy and within the reach of my arms.



But years pass and life changes and kids fly away from home. Some literally, some not. They grow their independence, move on, start their own lives. Even though distance separates, a mother’s love knows no geographical boundaries. And the missing them never goes away.

Then grandchildren arrive. Not replacing anyone or any memories. Rather, they add a new kind of love to life. Beautiful and wonderful and lovely and reminders of the children I raised. The daughters and the son, whom I love beyond measure. No matter the space that separates us.


© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


20 Responses to “On being a mom & a grandma”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    They are always in our hearts even when we are apart. (Hey–the start of a poem perhaps?).

  2. I think it will take forever before I have grandchildren, but I’m excited for when the time is right.

  3. It is amazing how one’s heart expands with love! I experience that love with my nieces and nephews and now they are having little ones. I also experience that love with mister man and adding his family into the mix. You see just how precious life is and it reminds you to live each day as fully as possible. Your grandchildren are oh so cute and are growing up so fast too 🙂 Happy Day – Enjoy

  4. Almost Iowa Says:

    The butterfly wings: kids get all the cool stuff. 🙂

  5. valeriebollinger Says:

    I love the butterfly cape.

  6. Sue Ready Says:

    love you upbeat spring photos and cute grandchildren photos-the butterfly wings are the best-just a breatho spring air

  7. Looks like you got to spend some sweet time with your littles. My youngest (Audrey) is now 10! How in the world did she grow up so fast. I had a recent memory of her with her butterfly wings on at Easter time when she was about Izzy’s age. That is such a fun age! Love those grands so much, and my Brice too, I miss not having my oldest boy around. I’m blessed to have Gavin, Brianna and family in town with me, but I’m finding that as the littles get older they become more involved with activities and it gets harder to pin them down. I called my daughter last night and asked if we can have the kids overnight this weekend, she said…”YES”, we cant wait!

  8. I do not long for the day when my son flies away. These days it is enough dealing with his impending independence!

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