|My grandchildren after a day in the dirt|
Top step, Left to Right: Jocelyn, Michael, Kaitlyn
Bottom Step, Left to Right, Joey, Ella, Haley
I remember visiting Nana and Pa in Carson City, Nevada. There was a clothesline in the back yard. It was a square clothesline on a rotating pole. We had a great time hanging from a rope as one of the cousins twirled the clothesline around like a merry-go-round. In the front yard, there were bushes that had hard little gray berries that were great for throwing at each other. Inside was a staircase with a long banister to slide down. One of the upstairs bedrooms had a slanting ceiling that always fascinated me. I loved to lay on the bed and look at the ceiling. I remember sitting with Pa at the kitchen table and discussing very important stuff that little kids talk to their grandparents about. Pa had a cookie jar that he would fill and wait for us to steal his cookies. He introduced me to gingersnaps.
Visiting Nana Janes in Portola, California was fun too. I remember looking at the patterns in the carpet in her living room. All the cousins looked for money that my father apparently hid in a secret place in his old room when he was a kid, but to my knowledge, nobody ever struck gold. I startled Nana Janes one time when she was getting dressed in the morning, and her facial expression is forever etched in my memory. I remember Nana Janes organizing family reunions in Portola park.
I remember making mud pies and picking berries with cousin Valerie. I remember swimming in Portola Municipal swimming pool with cousins Debbie, Dennis, and Paula. I had nightmares for years after Debbie, Dennis, and Paula let me watch the movie "The Tingler" with them. I remember cousin Jim at the family cabin playing (and cheating) at cards with us -- and I remember him laughing. I rode cousin Lana's horse.
I watched my grandchildren play together this weekend and wondered what they will remember about these visits together. Will they remember playing in the dirt? Will they remember swinging in the old swing hanging from the end of the clothesline? Will they remember asking Granny how to "glue" bricks together? Will they remember Granny explaining mortar and cement? Will they remember taking spoons to the yard and Granny making them count how many they took out and how many they brought back in? What about Haley's imaginary apple tree? Will she remember gathering Grandpa's gently placed apple at the bottom of the stick she stuck in the ground every time she came to Grandpa's house? Will they remember how much fun they had with their cousins running from monsters in the back yard? Will Jocelyn remember taking ice from the ice chest in the kitchen when we weren't looking and making a lake in the kitchen floor? Will they remember sitting on Granny's lap for a story? Or will they remember things that I haven't even thought about?
Whatever the memories of tomorrow are, I hope they are good ones. I've certainly enjoyed watching them make their memories!