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HERB BENHAM: Never enough but close enough

Recently, we watched our La Jolla grandkids — 7-year-old Andrew and 4-year-old Lillian — at their home while their parents went on vacation. We were there for eight days, which seems like a lot from the outside, and the inside, too, but eight days goes fast and soon it's the last morning and you're throwing the football in the driveway with your grandson and he says, "Do we have another hour? Why do you have to go? When are we going to see you again?"

Half the songs ever written are about goodbyes. They're pretty simple. Too soon, too late, this hurts.

Email contributing columnist Herb Benham at His column appears here on Sundays; the views expressed are his own.