June 18 03:03 AM

Weekend of memories made with grandkids

December 01, 2010
It's funny what your grandkids remember about you! This past weekend we spent time with some of our kids and grandkids. Actually, a daughter-in-law, because of her work, was able to procure a condo for us for a few days, so we got to spend more time together than usual, with enough space to truly enjoy it. Along with the turkey and other special mealtime fixings, we had some fun food. On the table while we were just hanging out were a couple of bags of potato chips—one of which said "Carolina Barbeque" or some intriguing name like that. Curious, and true to form, I reached in for a couple of folded or bubbly chips. Erin, who turned 16 in October, noticed and said, "You know, Grandma, I remember that you like the bubbly ones. Once, when I was little, I tried to save one for you. I carried it all the way for you (they lived in Battle Creek) until we were, like five minutes from your house. I couldn't do it. I ate it."

We laughed. Rich laughter—the thing that lubricates the inner workings of a family. What fun it was, the laughing together, even at such a simple thing. That got her and her older sister recalling other family anecdotes. We laughed some more, preparing the way for us to share on a deeper level later on in the evening. It had been years since we had done that, and it was a rare privilege, the memory of which I will hide in my heart.

As we moved on through the long weekend, we made more memories as we regrouped. The big girls left, having plans to find Erin a dress for her Christmas dance. Right about that time we got ready to decorate Christmas cookies. Katie (six) created heretofore unheard-of Christmas cookie colors. Having her mother's artistic bent, she wasn't content with the colors Aunt Kolene had carefully mixed. By the time Katie was finished, we had army-green trees, silver with a hint of mauve for the stars, and something slightly akin to pale chocolate with undertones of, well, I'll refrain from saying, for her snowmen. Surprisingly, the colors grew on me; and by the end of the decorating party, I too was embracing them.

Katie's cousin Sean, recently turned 13, thinking he was too big to be caught helping, had stationed himself in the recliner and was memorizing the Mad Gab cards he had just gotten so he could beat if anyone took him on.

Such a special time! I'm thinking I know what I'll remember; I wonder what the kids will remember!

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Willene Tanis is a longtime resident of the Imlay City area and an active volunteer in the community. Many readers find her 'Perspectives' column to universal and uplifting.
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