Today is day 29 of the month long writing challenge sponsored by The Two Writing Teachers. This is my first year participating in this "Slice of Life Story Challenge" and I am loving it! Only 2 more days!
The Grandma I Want to Be
Yesterday I was driving home from work when I started thinking about my mom and her role as grandmother. I thought about how she inspired my children and the legacy she left with them.
My mother grew up in the depression era where you lived by the waste not, want not, mantra so she was continually thinking of ways to use this little piece of yarn, or that leftover piece of fabric. She was always making with them, and this was long before the “maker movement.” When the kids came to visit, Grandma regularly had a project for them to complete, like creating homemade Christmas ornaments together from found objects, (that still grace our tree) bead-work, Popsicle stick frames, and simple sewing projects. She always had the glue, yarn and material ready for their visits and the kids grew to know and love this about her.
She also made for them. She was a fabulous seamstress and loved making stuffed animals and dolls. She made a doll for each girl and then stitched a first communion dress for the doll to match the first communion dress she made for them. She crafted white lunch bags into Easter bunny baskets and then filled the bags with eggs sewed out of scraps of floral and striped material and lace. A typical lunch time visit to Grandma’s house included chocolate milk and grilled cheese sandwiches cut into cows from the special cookie cutter my mom had just for them! She made the kids all kinds of candy too, our favorite being the best butterscotch lollipops you ever licked! Oh how she spoiled my kids with sweets! The love she put into these gifts was very evident.