ARTICLE 7 by Antonio Lubrano
Grandfather. Whose grandfather?
"I have a little granddaughter who is the light of my life, but she was taken away from me. I would like the law to sanction the right of grandparents so they are not deprived of their grandchildren's affection". Lorenzo F,71, writes. Since my son was separated, his daughter from that marriage was entrusted to her mother, as is only fair and logical. But the child's mother obstructs me, " with much persistence - he says - which I think is unfair, both when I try to visit my granddaughter, as for the innocent pleasure of a grandfather when he brings his little granddaughter to the public gardens on a sunny afternoon. I am a grandfather, but whose, when I can't even see my little pet?"
I believe that there are few elderly people in the same situation as Lorenzo F. his question - whose grandfather am I? - reflecting everyone's anxiety. Unfortunately, it seems that there is no law that recognises the right of grandparents to love their children's children. But if a law does not suffice, a bit of human understanding is needed, above all in respect to the feelings of the elderly.