I have no fun photos to post, but I do have something fun to share. . .
We took my 85 year old grandmother out to lunch today. On our way to pick her up I told the boys to be thinking about a question they would want to ask her, something they would want to know about her - anything at all. It ended up that my two nephews and niece joined us as well. As we waiting for our food to arrive, I asked the boys to go ahead and ask her and it started a very interesting and fun conversation, with one question being asked after another. Here is what I learned about her today . . .
- She had 9 siblings (knew that), but Grace was her favorite sister and Eddie was her favorite brother.
- The most daring thing she every did was ride a roller coaster, and once she did she was hooked. She said she "never wanted to get off".
- She has only traveled the South/East Coast between Maryland and Florida. Made me feel very blessed to have the opportunity to travel this beautiful country on a regular basis.
- When Jared asked her about the war she lit up and talked about going to the USO dances every weekend- (with a chaperon of course). She said that was her contribution to the war. Did I mention she has a pretty spunky sense of humor?
- She always has to have something sweet after she eats. Today she added just a bit of grape jelly to the last bite of her pancakes and that did the trick. I suppose I have her to thank for this vice of mine.
Many years ago I gave her a journal and wrote questions in it for her to answer. I created a mini album full of photos and her stories (but sadly, have still not quite completed it). It is a treasure to me.
Our children are growing up in a selfish world where they need to be entertained every second. Relationships tend to get lost in the pace of their (our) lives. I am trying, in small ways surely, to teach them that it's not about them. It is not an easy thing to do, but I hope today it opened up a little window for them to see what they are missing right in front of them.
I hope you are all enjoying time with your families this season!