Everyone's grandparents have several things, I am sure, that we all loved them for, with regards to how they did things with and for us, their grandchildren. Reading the book of memories reminded me of this.
So, what are the top 3 things that you can remember about each of your grandparents, and what things they did with and for you?
We will assume that each was a good cook, as most grandparents seem to have been - 3 of my 4 were, if you want to focus on other things.
For example, my maternal grandmother:
Made us clothing for our dolls, from scraps, when she was sewing real-people's clothes.
Got us involved in her crafts for her Sunday school class.
Had the patience of a saint. It didn't matter if I was feeding a small piece of cheese to her cat, chattering a mile a minute while she was trying to read her Bible early in the morning in the kitchen - when she thought that everyone was asleep, or lining up all of her tiny glass animals. (She let me.)
Her husband, my maternal grandfather:
Had a huge sense of humor and loved to tell us tall tales.
Loved to entertain us by taking us for something from the store or Frosty Freeze, putting on a fireworks show on the 4th of July, etc.
When we spent the night, always let us watch T.V. (Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdome, for example.) then shared dishes of vanilla ice cream with us, with Bosco on it, before bed.
While my other grandmother had a lot of grandchildren, this grandmother only had 2. And, she spoiled us. Which is a grandmother's job, right?
Every week when we all went to the grocery store, she always let us get one item. A small bag of shoestring potatoes, a tiny supermarket doll with bathtub - from Japan! A little china poodle, bubble bath, honey...whatever we wanted, really. Mind you, once we were school age, we didn't go with them anymore, but it was lovely while it lasted!
She took us to pick wildflowers in a meadow not far from her house, then gave us water to put them in.
And, she was very modern and accepting of things - whether she believed in them or not - while still being very proper in many ways, though she was born in the 1800's.
He spent a lot of time helping us to learn about new things, as he was well traveled. He started out on a Japanese ship and had a store in Java, for example. So he would teach me words in other languages, and let me try all types of foods that I'd never had before. Most I liked, some I didn't, but that wasn't the point.
He never forgot to bring things like big bags of fruit home, from what I think was the farmer's market, when we visited. He didn't drive, so took a bus home partway, and walked home the rest of the way, carrying large bags of tangerines, or black, perfectly ripe, cherries.
When we spent the night, we slept in the livingroom on a very early version of a sleeper couch. When we did, he turned on shows on T.V. that he knew that we'd prefer, then at about the time that our other grandfather would have shared ice cream with us, would suddenly stand and ask who wanted....fill in the blank. Things like waffles. He cooked everything from scratch, and he was an excellent cook.
So, how about your grandparents?
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