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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

“Recipes, collections, activities—almost anything can become family tradition,” say the Littauers in their book The Blue Plate Special. They say to “start with something that appeals to the majority. Maybe that’s sharing cinnamon rolls together (homemade or store bought, it doesn’t matter) the first Saturday morning of every month.”

I remember my family eating lunch with my grandparents every Sunday after church. We ate in a cafeteria and played a little game called “who can eat for the least amount of money.” Of course, now I understand that game.

One of Pops' and my traditions when our kids were growing up was regularly marking their heights on a door. We’re continuing this tradition with the grands. They love to see how much they’ve grown! We draw a line for their height, include a date and first name, and sometimes even take pictures when we measure how tall they are.

When our out-of-town grands visited a week or so ago, one of the first requests was, "Measure us. See how tall we are."

Would you share a tradition that you have with your grandkids ... or a tradition that your grandparents had with you?

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Sharon Ball said...

My grandmother was a great cook. Of course, back then everything was from scratch. One tradition we had was having a yummy dinner, prepared by my grandmother, after church. When I think about it now I realize she practically prepared a feast. Oh darn...I've gone and made myself hungry. :-)

Mary May Larmoyeux said...
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Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Hi,Sharon! Did your grandmother have a "usual" Sunday meal? Ours was almost always roast, rice, and green beans.

If you want a laugh for today, I deleted the first comment that I wrote about this because I had typed green beens. Never have seen a "green been." :)