Thanksgiving – a time with family. Over the years the family gathering has gotten smaller as kids grow up, move away, have kids of their own. But at this time of year I always remember some of the great interactions with my grandchildren.
There was Robert:
Growing up Robert loved to talk. I always tried to give him my undivided attention. Picking him up after school one day, I had a stressful day at work and all I wanted was some quiet time. As soon as he got in the car, he began talking away non-stop. Our conversation went like this:
ME: Robert, Grandma has had a busy day and I just need some quiet time. I really am not up to giving you my attention and listening.
ROBERT: That’s okay Grandma. You don’t have to listen. I just want to talk.
Sitting on our kitchen counter making cookies with her Aunt, Abby was chattering away non-stop (does talking a lot run in my family?). Her grandpa came in the kitchen and gave her “the look.” She responded:
ABBY: Am I aggravating you Grandpa?
GRANDPA: As a matter of fact, you are.
The one that makes me still laugh so much is the conversation we had with Matthew after he came home from kindergarten roundup.
ME: Matthew, what do you think? Are you going to like going to school?
MATTHEW: It is going to be great.
ME: What do you think is going to make it great?
MATTHEW: All the girls are going to love me!
These 3 are all grown up now (I just posted the pictures of them that I love best).
But our youngest granddaughter, Zoe, has given us some of the funniest conversations.
ZOE: Grandma, tell me a story about Jesus when He was a boy.
ME: Okay. When Jesus was a little boy.
ZOE: No, Grandma. Say “Once upon a time.”
And the one my husband loves the most is when she was only three years old. Waiting for our food at a restaurant my husband excused himself to use the restroom. As he was halfway between our table and the men’s room Zoe calls out in a loud voice:
ZOE: Grandpa, it’s the one with “M” on the door.
Grandchildren, what a blessing. Tomorrow I will miss being with most of them. Living in Michigan, I have grandchildren in Texas, North Carolina, Illinois, Tennessee and Missouri.
But my memories will keep me laughing.
And since Zoe will be at my house, I’m certain we will have some more interesting conversations to remember.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. If you are with family, enjoy and make lots of new memories. If you cannot be with family, remember and treasure those times you had.