Most of us remember childhood fun with our cousins. Some memories are brighter than others and some are better embellished or forgotten. They are generally memories of parties with family, big and small, birthday cakes, games, running, sleeping out and playing in water. Adults rarely joined in but sat in summer chairs watching the children and shouting directions. When it was time to eat, the children carried their plates outside to sit on the grass and plan their next adventure. For those who had traveled, bedtime was later than usual and the cousins usually slept outside and arose in the morning covered with mosquito bites. Ahhhh. Summer.
The reasons for getting together are the same today. We all want our families to be closer, kinder and more responsive to each other. We want to celebrate our accomplishments and learn how to support each other when we are in need.
We want our children to remember their cousins, uncles and aunts and grandparents . . . even the quirky ones. We want our children to remember little things about their grandparents’ homes and the food that they prepared. That is why we get together. That is why we write things down and take pictures.
That is why it is important to establish traditions.
Here are just a few of the things we did at Grandma and Grandpa’s House
this very summer:
So. These are just a few of the things you can do at Grandma and Grandpa’s House.
These pictures will help you remember.
“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”