Grandparents, and the unique and powerful relationship they have with their grandchildren, hold a special place in my heart.
Sunday was Grandparents Day, and it got me thinking. So many of my most cherished childhood memories revolve around my grandparents: learning to make peach dumplings with my Grandmom, opening gifts together on Christmas morning with my Mom-Mom, and starting each day of our Ocean City vacations over breakfast with my Grandpop. There are so many more, but those are some of my very favorite memories with my grandparents. Unfortunately, my Pop-Pop passed away when I was 2 years old so I only remember the stories I've been told about him.
When my children grow up, I want their memory banks to be full of moments spent with their grandparents.
It's always been a priority to me as a parent to make sure my children have close relationships with their grandparents. I want my parents to have an instrumental role in my kids' lives, and that's the main reason why my husband and I choose to remain in Maryland within driving distance from our parents' homes. We are born travelers and love the idea of experiencing more of the world, but those adventures will have to be limited to vacations for now.
We spend holidays with the grandparents as well as birthdays, but even more special to me, are the little ordinary, everyday moments we spend with them in between all of those big holiday celebrations.
My two swim in their pools in the summer, play with their collection of pennies during visits, set the table for our dinners, make dumplings when peaches are in season, play the piano and other various instruments with gusto, and the list goes on.
I pull out my camera and record these moments for my kids so, years from now, my kids will have proof of what their grandparents' love looked like, really truly looked like.
On this particular day, they played a board game with their Mom-Mom. My Mom was visiting and both kids were vying for her attention. My girl wanted to play a game with her and my son just wanted to be near her. At the start of the game, he was happy playing his own game next to them. Not surprisingly, he ended up joining in on the action, on Mom-Mom's lap.
Not only did I get out my camera to record all of that, I also wanted to make sure I never forget how my Mom and my little girl like to tease each other now. When my daughter was itty bitty, she didn't know how to take a joke. Over the years, my Mom has made it her mission to correct that. Today, we can credit Mom-Mom for teaching our girl how to tease and to talk smack. In this case, whoever was currently winning the game would taunt the one falling behind.