On top of all the candy I placed our latest bunch of bananas. I commented to Greg that maybe, just maybe we'd eat a banana instead of candy when reaching up on top of the fridge.
This brought to mind a memory of his... how at his Dee Dee's house you always had to have a banana (or other piece of fruit) before you could have a cookie.
I've known Greg for 12 years and have never heard that story!
And it got me to thinking about visiting my own grandparents as a kid.
One grandmother always read us Dr. Seuss books. Reading some of those books to my boys still reminds me of spending the night at their house. At the same house, an afternoon nap was a staple. And always with an oscillating fan. Even today, the sound of an oscillating fan makes me remember nap-time there.
At the other grandparents' house, there was the little green wind-up turtle (and blue wind-up whale) to play with in the bathtub. I named the turtle 'Her'. So original.
And I loved asking Nana to play games, not only to play the games, but also because I could count on her answers. Ask to play 'Sorry' and the answer was "Nope! Sorry!" Ask to play 'Uno' and she'd say "Oooh, no!"
But if memory serves me correctly we'd end up playing anyway. If not one of those games, then it might be gin rummy, chinese checkers, or side-by-side playing our own games of Solitaire.
I even remember visiting my great-grandmother some. One of the things I remember most about visiting Mammaw was fig newtons in a tin. :)
I am very blessed to have two sets of living grandparents for my children to get to know and develop their own special memories.
Nana & Alan, spring 2007
What are your special grandparent memories?