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Happy Mother’s Day

I was talking to a good friend this morning who told me she’d spent considerable time yesterday looking though photos to find one of her mother to post for Mother’s Day. What a good idea, I thought, but I have to write a blog so that I will keep up with my New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t have time to look through pictures. But this afternoon, the photo below triggered my walk down memory lane.

Facebook notified me that this had been on my post FIVE years ago today. We had gathered together then for Esther Muscatel’s funeral. Esther was Moe’s mother, my mother-in-law, Dave and Jen’s grandmother, and the munchkins’ great-grandmother. It’s been five years already since she passed away.

This is how she looked when Moe was just a little rug rat.

Here is Esther 25 years later at our son’s briss.

Add another 25 years, here she is with Moe.

And I love this great shot of her with Eli, her great-grandson.

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My own mom knew me from the time I was born!

She is looking a little askance at me in this photo. I think it’s because I was the exorcist baby.

At my wedding, she didn’t look as if she were still afraid of me–maybe just a little wary.

By the time our daughter was born, Mother looks like she’d gotten the hang of the baby thing.

My grandmother was a wonderful mother figure for me.

And so was my Aunt Lil who is with my mom and dad in this photo.

The two most important mothers in my world today are Jennifer and Gina. They are wonderful mothers–my grandkids are so lucky to have them. As are we.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

 

Once Upon A Time: Linking Generations

Three of our grandchildren have had Heritage projects this year. It was great for us to talk with them about our parents and grandparents and our growing up years. I appreciate the schools for creating assignments like this that open lines of communication that might not have been there otherwise.

Quinn’s project was quite extensive necessitating emails with cousins and friends who are into genealogy. I even tapped into Ancestry.com. Quinn and I had gone through old pictures last summer and she’d scanned two hundred of them into the computer. (I paid her $11 an hour—minimum wage, right?) Ten of the photos were from a Family Tree project that Jennifer, our daughter, had done in high school way back when. I’d dismantled the Family Tree poster but kept the photos and information about each person.

from the 1980's Family Tree project

from the 1980’s Family Tree project

Quinn’s project was centered around where her ancestors had immigrated from to America. Most of my grandparents came from Russia so that was the country she focused on.

Shtetl

Shtetl

I had to explain that because they were Jewish, some were forced to live in shtetls, Jewish towns away from cities. All my grandparents fled from religious persecution and made their ways to America.

 

Quinn's great-great grandparents

Quinn’s great-great grandparents

The culmination of Quinn’s project was a Heritage Fair in March. The students put on an hour presentation about their different countries of origin. I was fer klempt, of course, through the whole thing. It was very touching.

Eli’s project involved interviewing me on Skype. He asked me ten or twelve questions about my parents, who are both deceased. One of the questions was: Describe your mother and then your father in three sentences. That was interesting and not easy.

My parents are on the left. My grandparents are in the middle. My uncle and aunt are on the right. This is in the Fifties.

My parents are on the left. My grandparents are in the middle. My uncle and aunt are on the right. This is in the Fifties.

Another question was: If you could tell your parents three things about now, what would you say. I said, “I’d tell them that they have fabulous great-grandchildren who they’d have loved to know, and that they’d be so proud of them. I’d tell them about some of the new inventions—that I’d just texted from an airplane over the Pacific Ocean. I’d tell them about us Skyping! I’d tell them there were problems in the world that they could never have imagined.” After I’d answer his question, Eli would comment and then we’d talk a bit. I doubt I’d ever have told him these things if he hadn’t had the assignment.

Last week our oldest grandson interviewed my husband. Garrett is taking US History and they’ve actually made it through the Fifties and into the Sixties. (My US History classes barely made it past the Industrial Revolution.) Garrett wanted to know what it was really like to grow up in the Fifties.

Cool fraternity guys in the early 60's.

Cool guys in the Fifties.

Garrett also wanted to know if Daddo had served during the Vietnam War so Moe got to tell his Air Force Reserve stories—the ones that are funny and cool.

Moe in the Air Force National Guard.

Moe in the Air Force National Guard.

As I said, it’s been wonderful sharing our experiences with the grandchildren. They seem to like hearing about them, too. Yesterday I took Quinn to lunch and during the conversation I ended up telling her about the time the Black Panthers set Meany on fire when I was teaching there. Her eyes got round with astonishment. I felt a little like Sally Field: Quinn liked my story—she really liked my story!!!

Classic Fifties pose.

Classic Fifties pose.

I remember hearing that old people liked to reminisce. It’s true—I’m loving it. And loving the grandchildren for caring to listen!