— by Mary May Larmoyeux —
As a new mom, I vividly recall older mothers telling me how quickly the boys would grow up. I knew that they were right, but somehow in the midst of changing diapers and rocking babies, that “someday” seemed far, far away. Now, I am that older mother looking back in awe, wondering where the time went.
Friends of mine expressed this so well when they reminded me, “The years do fly by so quickly, it’s just those days that seem to never end when you have little children.”
As a busy mom or grandmother, I know that your plate is certainly full. But dust can wait; childhoods cannot be recaptured. Here are a couple of ways that I’ve made memories with our kids and now our grandchildren:
SPECIAL MEMORIES TODAY
A favorite recipe was one for something similar to play dough (not to be eaten):
1 cup flour
½ cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon cooking oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Mix all dry ingredients. Add oil, water, and food coloring. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly. Cook until dough becomes one large ball. Empty onto waxed paper, Knead until smooth and cool. Store in an airtight immediately.
And have you ever made rainbow toast? Here’s how you do it:
Put a teaspoon of milk into three cups.
Add a drop of food color in each.
Dip a small brush into each of the milk colors.
Paint a rainbow on a piece of white bread.
Toast the bread, then butter—you have rainbow toast!
How do you make special memories with your children/grandchildren?
Post and photos © 2014 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart.