Blast from the Past
can give their grandkids
the most precious gift of all...
of the nicest things about grandparents is that they have been around since before
time began, or so most grandkids think.
And one of the nicest things about young
grandchildren is that they find this absolutely fascinating. Try it one day, and
see if your own gaggle of admirers love hearing a personal 'blast
from the past'...
Things that happened In the Good Old Days have always fascinated
children. (Stories of when they were little are also welcome -- they can
just about manage to imagine themselves as babies.) When mom and dad were little
is a bigger stretch - everyone knows that mom and dad were born as grownups.
Ah, but when
Grandma or PopPop were kids! It's like hearing first-hand accounts from history
to know you
Sharing stories help grandchildren to feel part of the fabric
of the family. Things that happened when they weren't there form most of the relationships
including them you help teach them about how relationships are formed and about
the uniqueness of individuals.
that's why Mom and Aunt Sue are so close!" or "Gee, I never knew Uncle John was
a hippie!" adds depth to the adults in their lives.
to know the world
A member of the class of '41 recently shared this in
the online newsletter: "Not long ago we had a visit from grandchildren when the
conversation turned to the good old days.” The youngsters were fascinated ...
a background of the Great Depression and the value of a dollar, they were incredulous
at the idea of "ten-cents night" at a downtown theater, walking all the way there,
and afterward going to Swedes for a 5-cent cherry coke, or sometimes extravagantly
indulging in a 10-cent hot fudge sundae."
all of us can tell tales of the Depression. But the pop culture of the 50's,
60's, the Beatles, Woodstock, or penny candy are just as amazing to your grandchildren.
next time you have an opportunity to spend time with them, share yourself with
your grandchildren...dust off the photo album...or exhibit your very strange 8-track tape or vinyl
record collection...and then try to figure out who enjoys it more.
Other Web sites of Interest:
Baby Memory Bank