These responses will make you cry happy tears
Most of us have a certain love or hobby that we can tie directly back to a family member. Maybe it’s a favorite show, a homemade dessert, or secret adventure you’d go on as a child that only you and grandpa knew about — the memory so fresh it’s as if it happened yesterday. So, when a tweet asked others to share favorite family memories, the responses were plentiful and reminded us just how important family is.
Twitter user, writer, and diversity consultant, Mikki Kendall, posted a sweet sentiment about her grandma and asked others to share memories about their own families. “My grandma & I had a tradition where we would go get our hair done, come home eat French fries & watch TV together,” she wrote. “It’s why I love mysteries & westerns & soaps. What is your favorite parent/grandparent/guardian memory & how does it still influence you?”
My grandma & I had a tradition where we would go get our hair done, come home eat French fries & watch TV together. It's why I love mysteries & westerns & soaps. What is your favorite parent/grandparent/guardian memory & how does it still influence you?
— ❄Mikki Kendall❄ (@Karnythia) October 17, 2018
There was no shortage of responses, lessons learned, and moments that warmed the cold-dead cockles of my heart:
Watching "The Price Is Right" with my grandma. We both loved that show and she would lecture me about how to spot discounts and save money and those lessons came in handy for life!— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) October 18, 2018
I love love love these kinds of stories. My grandparents had a bird feeder and my grandad would give me a bird book and a pencil to make a tally sheet of what types of birds I saw and how many. I have no idea why but this task felt like Very Serious Business at 8 years old.— wikipedia brown told Santa the truth about you (@eveewing) October 17, 2018
When I was 5, my grandma used to take me to the wooded park near our house & we'd walk the paths, looking for dinosaurs. Somehow, I always *just* missed seeing their tails as they trundled away, but my grandma always saw them. My grandma taught me to believe in the unbelievable.— bethbethbeth (@bethbethbeth01) October 17, 2018
Every New Year's eve, we'd have a "party" in my grandma's basement where we'd get lots of snacks and soda and play charades. I remember how heartbroken she was when we got old enough to want to go out.— Peter Sagal (@petersagal) October 17, 2018
My grandmother and I would cut rhubarb from the garden and make jam and pies. We always saved a few stalks to eat raw dipped in sugar as a reward. This was enjoyed while watching young and the restless, I was hooked by 7, and it is still the only soap I watch.— Terri Thompson (@oneleglover) October 17, 2018
Harry Potter movies. My dad always picked me up early on opening day so we could go get dinner and see it together.— Alex Danvers (@AlexDanvers2017) October 17, 2018
My grandma gave me a love of baking, an appreciation for mystery shows and British TV, and my grandpa taught me how to garden and fix things. They are always with me.— ♫ Jen ♫ (@jenrjones) October 17, 2018
I was the youngest of 4, and only girl. My grandma occasionally took me to McDonald's for a pack of fries, then to get a balloon.— 🍕Jess:I spatchcocked and grilled your shelf Elf🍕 (@HoodsOrganics) October 17, 2018
"Sometimes, a small thing is enough."
I've never forgotten it. I miss her even 40 years later.
When I was little, my grandma taught me how to play poker, but instead of using money, we used fruit. I’d match her 3 red grapes and raise her an orange slice and a strawberry.— the Devlin’s in the details (@dmandj) October 17, 2018
My love of Days of Our Lives dates all the way back to afternoons spent with my grandma. We would watch while she did the daily newspaper crossword puzzle (also still a love of mine). I remember solving a particularly hard word for her (it was a total guess) and she was so happy. I felt like I’d won the lottery.
We also spent a fair amount of time playing her old Ouija board, which may or may not be why, to this day, I’m super scared of all horror films, commercials about upcoming horror films, and haunted houses.
That’s the thing about being a child and spending time with someone who loves you so much. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, just being around that person is enough. It may have seemed like such an inconsequential moment at the time but looking back, you realize just how special it was.
In a time where it seems like everything is a dumpster fire, Kendall’s post reminds us all of the good things in life. These are the moments that matter — the ones spent doing nothing with family. Those become the traditions we hopefully pass down to our own kids and grandkids to remind them that sometimes just being together is enough. We don’t always need to be stimulated or entertained or plugged in, we just need family, a little imagination, and sometimes a Ouija board to make the most of the day.