There was also the aspect of helping prepare those home-made foods, like sifting the flour for biscuits, pie crusts, etc., peeling the apples, potatoes, carrots, etc. We didn't have video games to occupy us and keep us from getting under foot, so Grandma had to put us to "work". It created strong bonds around the kitchen table -- and powerful, warm memories.
Not a day passes that I still don't think of my grandparents with either a chuckle or a tear ... or both.
My kids only experienced that in part, and my grandkids less so.
My brothers and sister and I used to spend hours outside exploring the farm fields, vacant fields and lakes around our home. It was safe for us to be out without an adult from an early age. We laughed, we argued, we bickered and we watched out for each other. We bonded in a way my grandchildren may never get the chance to do.
How the definition of technology has changed. (yours is a good one) Thinking back, our bikes were our passport.
Don't get me started on hot summers. Or maybe do...for the memories.
If you had steps in your house, that meant in summer the hottest part of the house was UP.
You had attic fans, we had "exhaust fans". We All had Sweat Beads on our foreheads.
We had Uncle John on his bike with his freezer bringing Marino Italian Ices with wooden spoons wrapped in white paper.
Thanks again, Susan
My grandpa taught me to play golf when I was four, to whittle when I was five or six, and to fish when I was eight, and to set the timing on a car when I was twelve. As far as I knew back then, that was the way it was supposed to be done. Some things your parents taught you, but there were special things only your grandparents taught you. As I look back on it now, it was the things that required PATIENCE that your grandparents seemed to teach you more about ....
As I approach retirement, my greatest fear is that I won't have the opportunity to teach my grandkids the things that require patience.
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