I’m still thinking about my most recent getaway with my granddaughter.
I loved it because it represented tradition for me. I grew up going ‘up north’. So when I go now, I like to visit the same places and swim at the same beaches. I’ve added a few of my own new traditions, too. First of all, I take my coffee into the woods and I drink a toast to my folks, in gratitude for all the wonderful memories I have. Secondly, I gather a few downed birch branches to use for holiday decorations and candle-making.
More than that, however, I like to visit antique stores in the vicinity looking for things that help me preserve my memories.
Goodnight loved our getaway, too. It represented adventure for her. I think it did for me at her age too, because everything was new and different. Maybe over time, her sense of adventure will morph into a sense of tradition. But for now, I wouldn’t want to change her approach. At thirteen, life is still new to her, relatively speaking and it’s not fair borrow her time to pay for mine.
She tolerated my browsing through antique stores and I tolerated her browsing though clothing stores which stock garments that can’t be classified as vintage anything yet. We both win when we share that way.
I found a copy of the same cookbook my mother used when I was growing up. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I bought it immediately. I started reading it and deemed myself a complete failure before I finished chapter one. (More about that another time.) Goodnight found some cute blue jeans. I found a set of dishes with the same pattern my grandmother had. I oohed and ahhed for a long time and found pieces that my gram didn’t have (or had and were broken before I remember them). I didn’t buy the dishes. Goodnight found charms for her charm necklace. She likes the inspirational words. I get to tell her family stories when I run into antique items that I recognize, and she gets to tell me stories about herself, whether verbally or implied by her shopping choices.
Adventure and Tradition: I don’t think it means the same as Young and Old, but with Goodnight and Gram, maybe it’s a fair analogy (sometimes.)