We just returned from a two week vacation. This wasn’t just any vacation, it was a multigeneration vacation which included not only our children but also my parents. You may also remember that our other vacation this year was a road trip where I took the girls for nearly a month to spend time with Jed’s parents and family in Connecticut.
This is typical for us as we cherish our time as a family. We take time out to make sure our children know all of their grandparents and that our parents have the opportunity to make special memories with their grandchildren. When I think back to my own childhood some of my favorite memories are times that my grandparents were there. Whether we were out doing an activity like fishing at the lake or maybe just playing a game of cards with my grandma at her kitchen table. It’s just having those opportunities to really let those generations get to know each other and allow myself as the parent to just be the observer.
I’m so thankful for family. And I hope my kids understand the importance of family. Yes at holidays, but also all through the year. And while now my kids are young and it’s my responsibility(and want) and make sure my kids know and have time with their grandparents – I know this is just a foundation I’m creating for them to have a relationship with them as they become adults. Not because they have to – but because they want to.
Because we are family.
We are heading to my aunt and uncle’s house for Thanksgiving this year. There will be cousins and second cousins and nieces and nephews. Aunt and uncles and great aunts and uncles. Grandparents and grandchildren and parents and children. And we will talk and laugh and hug and play games. And maybe even watch some football. My aunt will cook way too much and she will have some of our favorites – green bean casserole, homemade cranberry sauce and her amazing pies by the dozen. My kids will probably steal some homemade rolls, party mix and cut-up veggies before the meal starts. I will just try to save room for the pie as I look around the house that holds this extended family. This family that my own grandparents created and I know that they would be so happy to always see us all together.
And I will think back to the holidays at my own grandmother’s house – their tiny house filled with so much love, food and warmth even on the coldest of Minnesota days – as I give thanks this Thanksgiving to family.
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