My MIL threw a party for DC2 when they visited this summer. She rented a pony. A PONY. DC2 still talks about it– ze got to ride the horsie and feed it carrots and its mouth tickled hir hand.
My mother says she can’t compete with that and will stick to sending books (which are much appreciated!). I can’t compete with that either.
But what are grandparents for, except spoiling kids?
I have fond memories of my grandmas (both grandfathers died long before I was born). My one grandma had birds and would give me a banana every time I visited, which was often when we lived in the same state. She eventually died of a stroke caused by a broken hip she got fighting off a purse snatcher in her mid-80s. She was a tiny little woman who looks a lot like my sister.
My other grandma was considerably younger and thus more active. In between stints with the Peace Corps, she made great chocolate chip walnut cookies and lived in fun places with barn cats or pools and lakes for swimming. (Until she moved to a boring little town in the midwest. We still visited.) She was the spoiling grandma– every time I went to her house there would be a new toy or dress for me. When I was little and she lived in the same state she’d hide the new toy in a cupboard for me to look. She gave me a much-desired Lemon Meringue Pie doll. Once we went to the candy store (Fannie Mae!) and she let me buy one of every candy that they had (except the expensive pecan rolls). My parents were upset with me for letting her do that, but what could be more magical than buying one of every candy in a store? She didn’t seem to mind– she reminded my parents that she saw grandparent’s main job to spoil the grandkids, something my mother has repeated to me.
We lost her a few years ago after a decade-long struggle with Alzheimers, something my husband is dealing with with his remaining grandmother now.
But our memories remain.
What memories do you have of your grandparents?