Bewildered Grandmother


I don't know if anyone has any suggestions. Myself and my husband are going back to our hometown for a vacation to visit famiky and friends. My family knows about our estrangement from our daughter and our grandson. But our friends do not due to geography .

I know our friends are going to ask about our daughter and grandchild as they watched her grow up. How do I answer their questions? I don't want to disclose anything. I want to enjoy our vacation , that's why we are going , to get away from it all and for awhile just forget.


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"I hope you arent offended, but I would rather not discuss it." if they persist..."Please. I am not going to talk about it." If they keep persisting, thats really rude. Start a new topic. Or leave.

That's what I do anyways and it has always worked.

This is toigh but I always think, to avoid drama and gossip, the less I say, the better it is.


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I usually give a tight smile and say, "He's currently out of favor." or if I don't feel like that much conversation, just vague comments like "Oh, he's fine. Nothing new to report."


one day at a time
I agree BG. Just keep it short, sweet, and truthful. Practice it. Write it down and practice it so it rolls off your tongue when asked. Less is more here. Don't feel the need to explain to people. You truly don't have to. Have a great getaway!


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About a year ago, husband used, "We aren't seeing eye-to-eye right now". The person asking said he completely understood. It worked so well that we have used it several times since - with 100% success.

I hope your vacation provides you with stress-free fun.


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I would just focus on the grandchild and say, he sure is growing up fast. Or he is keeping his mom busy! Unless they are close friends I wouldn't want to go in to details about the estrangement. KSM

Tanya M

Living with an attitude of gratitude
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Oh how I dread when someone asks about my son.
Here's some things I have said before:

Question: How's your son doing?
Answer: "He's fine" then I quickly change the subject (while my son lives a life I don't like, he is fine. He's alive)

Question: What is your son up to?
Answer: "He's in transition right now trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life" again, I change the subject.

Wishing you safe travels and a wonderful vacation.