“When Two Worlds Meet: A Guide to Connecting with Your Grandchildren” is a book built on passion, real-life experience, hope, and the power of love. Witkovsky and his associate Shoss, share Witkovsky’s life-long commitment to strengthening and celebrating the bonds that make families grow while maximizing the potential and individuality of each of the family members.
The book is a sensitive and creative “How To” of ideas and concepts whose purpose is to create mutual support, while positively impacting all family members. The outcomes are shared respect, new and shared milestones, unparalleled honesty and integrity.
What is unique about this book is the strong sage voice, affirming the role and place for grandparents. The book is poignant in its portrayal of grandparents as ambassadors of critical values, rich (and sometimes harrowing) life experiences and love that is unconditional.
Here grandparents give voice to the legacy of values that have been the roadmap for their lives. It is their “gift.” The legacy is not ceremonial. Rather, it is a set of standards and values by which to live one’s life. This process can never be forced or judgmental. It is a “living legacy,” not one reserved for eulogies. The process demands both grandparent and teenage grandchild listen, and truly hear each other’s message.
What becomes clear is that this intergenerational process and dialogue is sacred! It links the teenager who is actively searching, in a most complex world, for what comes next with the grandparent who is also searching for meaning in the Third Age of their life. This book celebrates both that process and the path Witkovsky has traveled, with fervor and boundless energy, every day of his adult life.
Bruce Mondschain, President
Catalyst Associates, Inc.