Today’s staff meeting assignment includes a team icebreaker question to describe one of your most memorable experiences as a child. In general, I had a very blessed childhood. Three older sisters, mom and dad. Our very close extended family included Grannie and Grandpa, Grandmother and our only aunt. There were no cousins since my dad was an only child and my mom’s only sister never married or had children. When the whole family got together it was just the ten of us.
Sunday’s were a very special day. After church every Sunday, yes, every Sunday, we enjoyed a wonderful dinner around Grannie’s dining table. Sunday afternoons were leisurely times of children playing and grownups talking. Also, my dad and my grandpa and me would spend a little time in Grandpa’s garden, or doing an odd job around the house before “retiring to the basement” to play pool. “Rotation” was Grandpa’s favorite game. The evening included our helping ourselves to making sandwiches from the leftovers of dinner and watching TV. Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, The Wonderful World of Disney and Bonanza were weekly routines that we all enjoyed. Often a game of Scrabble, Finch or Checkers were thrown in for good measure too!
What was normal then, today would be considered very abnormal. That kind of a Sunday Sabbath rest is not taken in our hectic on-the-go lifestyle. I miss those simpler times. Today, our extended family is spread out from Texas to Iowa, Virginia to Ohio. The last time we were all together was 2006.
I miss those types of restful days with the extended family. I guess I took it for granted. Back at Grannie and Grandpa’s in the 1960’s, I didn’t know how sweet those days were.
I do now. And I am truly thankful for such great memories.