Monday, February 22, 2010

Lipstick Kisses

Like you, I receive several email “forwards” throughout the week. I discard some and read one or two. When “grandmother humor” appeared in my inbox, I opened it without a second thought. Several episodes and exchanges between grandmothers and grandchildren were recounted, but this one caught my eye:

“She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she'd done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, ‘But Gramma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!’ I will probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye....”

I don’t kiss the toilet paper after applying lipstick but I do kiss a “Kleenex” tissue when I say goodbye to my grandchildren. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a long-distance grandmother. On the last morning of my visit I leave a lipstick kiss and write the date on the tissue for them. Sometimes due to a flight schedule, I leave before they wake up. The tissue is left on the kitchen table for them. It’s one of my rituals.

What grandmother rituals do you have? We all have special touches and rituals whether we are long distance or live next door. We’d love to hear your point of view and share with us.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Memories from growing up years remind me to enjoy just "hangin' out" doing the SIMPLE things with my grandkids when they visit. It's also a great chance to teach them things they may not always do in their busy days.

Here's a few SIMPLE and fun things I've enjoyed lately with my grandchildren(9,6 &4)

A TEA PARTY! Instead of breakfast on the island in the kitchen, my grandkids set up their little tea set on the dining room table. I turned on some relaxing music and lit candles. We cut toast, fruit, cheese into small tea-sized portions, and along with the mint tea and honey, guess what? My oldest granddaughter, Olivia, insisted we enjoy polite conversation and our best manners! I loved it, and the relaxing way we started our day! (A great gift for me and a fun way to practice good manners for them)

HAVE FUN WITH BUTTONS (buy a sack of them at any craft store) My granddaughters decorated some big ol' t-shirts of mine with buttons.(to make night shirts for themselves). They sewed them on, but buttons are fun to glue on plastic, wood, old jewelry, etc. A great way to teach some basics about needles and thread. I don't sew but I CAN do that! They have a new nightshirt...and they think of grandma!

RECYCLE CELL PHONES ...give them to your grandchildren to play with when they visit. I was surprised to find out that they still take pictures when they are deactivated...My granddaughters spent hours being amateur photographers, then showed and explained each one in their "gallery."

FLY KITES, MAKE WISHES on DANDELIONS, PAINT WITH WATER on CEMENT, PLAY HOPSKOTCH, PICK FLOWERS (and let them arrange them in a vase), let them make their own ROOTBEER FLOATS, MAKE DESIGNS with a FLASHLIGHT, in a DARK ROOM, SING TOGETHER, BRAID HAIR, WASH the CAR, MAKE MUD PIES (away from the car), FOLD CLOTHES and TELL STORIES (that go with the clothes.)

...most of all enjoy the SIMPLE things! I guarantee that is what we all remember most!

I'm going to turn off the TV right now!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Boomer Memories

My Dad had a Studebaker.
I grew up with a party line.
My mother had a wringer washer and hung her clothes on a clothesline to dry. She shook water from a bottle with holes on the lid on to clothes before she ironed them.
We only had three TV channels—major networks. Actually, we were among the last families to even get a TV.
TV programming ended at midnight with the Star Spangled Banner.
The ice cream truck passed through our neighborhood and we could buy popsicles for 10 cents.
I loved the smell of paper that was fresh off the ditto machine.

How many of these do you remember? Can you recall others from our growing up days and post? Let’s rewind and reminisce. We’d all love a smile and maybe a laugh.

Have you ever shared any of these with your children or grandchildren? How did they react? Were they surprised? Did they even remotely understand? How can you turn any of these memories into “teachable moments”? Think about it.