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Grandparent’s Day

Grandpa & Grandma

Gpa&Gma

I was hoping to get this posted yesterday in honor of Grandparent’s Day. However, the girls and I came down with terrible colds, and I spent most of the weekend curled up on the couch with boxes of Kleenex by my side. But in my opinion, grandparents should be celebrated every day, so I will most definitely proceed with my post.

I never had the opportunity to meet my maternal grandparents. My grandfather passed away before my parents were married, and my grandmother passed on before I was born. My sisters got to know our grandmother very well and lovingly called her Grandma Mom.

Grandma Mom

GmaMom

Grandma Mom’s beautiful memory has been kept alive by stories my mom and sisters have shared throughout the years. It was a joy to name our youngest daughter Geneva after Grandma Mom — whose full name was Mary Geneva.

I was very close to my paternal grandparents as they lived only a few miles from our home in Southern California. Sharing about my grandparents opens up such sweet, beautiful memories, and it’s difficult to express how much they mean to me in only a few short paragraphs.

There was always a sense of excitement turning the corner that led to their warm and inviting home, and long before you reached their front door, delicious aromas came wafting through the air from Grandma’s soft blue kitchen. Grandma’s favorite chair was always situated with a direct view of the front door, and she and my Grandpa would always be there to welcome us warmly.

Moments after getting inside, my Grandma would almost immediately ask if anyone was hungry. She genuinely loved to cook for her family and friends, and if you weren’t hungry before, one whiff in the direction of the kitchen was certainly enough to make you hungry!

Breakfasts, lunches and dinners were served in Grandpa and Grandma’s cozy kitchen nook. In addition, there was a small blue table and chairs when the nook became full. Desserts were always delightful, and I believe this picture shows me with chocolates, ice-cream and angel food cake! Grandma’s angel food cake was simply amazing — so soft and covered in her seven-minute icing. As much as I’ve tried, I still can not make an angel food cake that tastes as wonderful as my Grandma’s.

gma's kitchen-anna

After dessert, we often gathered in the front room to play games — aggravation, backgammon and checkers were family favorites, and my Grandpa was the checker champion. He was also an exceptionally talented musician, playing both the piano and violin by ear. He was my first piano teacher, and I fondly remember playing our first song together, America the Beautiful. This very piano is the one we have in our home now, and it brings me such joy to see my daughters learning to play it!

anna-piano

I treasure these wonderful memories of  my grandparents and will always keep them close to my heart.

 

14 Comments

  1. What lovely memories! So nice to remember these beautiful times. Having that piano in your home must be a pleasant memory every day! I have things of my grandparents and it makes me think of them often! Beautiful post!

    1. Thank you so much, Lynz! Yes, it’s so lovely hearing the girls play my Grandpa’s piano — he would have loved that, too! I have so many wonderful memories of my grandparents — I’ll definitely be sharing more on the blog! 🙂

  2. I love your memories and sentiments. They are so warm and comforting! I have fond memories of my grandparents too… I grew up playing the piano that was in my grandmother’s home and now it is in my home… which is actually back into my grandmother’s home since we bought it a few years ago! Thanks for sharing Anna:)

    1. Thank you so much, Sadie! How lovely that you grew up playing your grandmother’s piano and that you now live in her home — you must have so many wonderful memories! It was hard to only write a few paragraphs about my grandparents — every sweet memory brings even more sweet memories! I’ll definitely be sharing more on the blog! 🙂

      1. Looking forward to it:)

        1. Thanks, Sadie! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Lana!

  3. What a beautiful compilation of memories. I think it’s one of the gifts we can give to our children.

  4. I LOVE the photo of your grandparents!! Priceless. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

  5. Beautiful memories! It’s such a joy reading about your grandparents and what they meant to you. It’s a beautiful way of honoring them!
    I look forward to reading more on your blog! 🙂
    ~Katie

    1. Thank you so much, Katie! My grandparents were so loving and fun! It’s a joy sharing about them! I look forward to reading more on your blog as well! 🙂
      ~ Anna

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