How nice that Ma was so willing to step into the grandparent role.
Yes, there's a big difference between 23 grandchildren, and 2!
And, that's a lot of grandchildren on the other side, too!
I'll bet that the vanilla wafers were very good!
Your times at the farm sound wonderful. That's the kind of experience that every child needs, I think!
It wouldn't be reasonable to expect something from grandparents with so many grandchildren, as I'm sure that they wouldn't have give to one, and not another.
As I say, my dad's parents only had one child, so any children that he had were going to be it for grandchildren. And, he had 2.
I do have to say, though, we didn't get expensive, elaborate gifts. I see children now who get really expensive items, just because. And, wonder if they always expect large, expensive things?
When we got a box of bubble bath, or shoe string potatoes, or the tiny bath doll, they cost very little. Even the one china poodle was 20 cents. We did not get big things on shopping day. Just as my other grandfather got us an ice cream cone once in a weeklong visit, or a candy necklace. Those things were special to us, but were by no means fancy/expensive.
And, the funny thing is, my most cherished possessions from my mom's father, were old items that I found buried in an old garage, and asked if I could have. They said yes, and I have cherished them since.
The same with memories. A great aunt would make large batches of divinity, and mail them to the various family members. We all loved that, because she had made it, and thought of us.
I think that a lot of children have different standards these days.
Your grandparents sound like they loved their family, and I'm sure felt blessed to have so many grandchildren in their lives!
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