With all of the fresh strawberries lately, I can’t help but think of strawberry pie, more specifically, my Grandma Rita’s strawberry pie. It was like pure magic, as was most of her food. It is little things like her baking skills that remind me how much I miss her.
I was gifted with some of the best grandparents a kid could ask for. Most of them have passed away, but they have left beautiful memories and lessons of how one should live. Some of my favorite childhood memories include my Grandma Rena doing my hair, spending time talking with my Grandma Rita, and picking on my Grandpa Howard. Sometimes, I just can’t believe they are gone.
My children have wonderful memories of their grandparents, who are all still living, and their great-grandparents, some of which are still living. I think it is important for children to spend time with their grandparents, and even though some of them live far away, we still try to visit those far away a few times a year. I want my children to look fondly back on their childhoods and remember the summers they spent with Grandma and Grandpa Kloeppel in Ohio, the apple picking at Pop-Pops, and running around the farm at Nana’s. It is important for them to learn from other generations and hear stories about what it was like when their grandparents and great-grandparents were young.
I am so thankful for the wonderful grandparents that have been part of my life, and I am thankful for the grandparents that my children have as well!