Today’s guest post is by Steve Grooms
I just received an email letter from my daughter. Molly lives in Portland with husband John and Liam, the world’s coolest grandson.
Hi Mom and Dad,
It seems we spend much of our parenthood trying to recreate the joys we ourselves experienced as children. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had high hopes for some outing, only to feel like it’s just not quite enough in Liam’s eyes. With that background context, I want to share that I’m so touched by the impression our local Highland Games made on him. As a child, I adored the Macalester Scottish Country Fair, going with you and with friends year after year. I was therefore disappointed when we took Liam to our local Highland Games. Honestly, they don’t measure up in my eyes to those I remember from my early years. The biggest hit from the visit for Liam appeared to be the bus ride to and from the parking lot.
Imagine my delight when day after day following the games Liam requested “bagpiker music” and danced in a fair approximation of the Scottish Highland Sword Dance. Many of his imaginative outings now involve, “going to the Highland Games to see the bagpikers.” We brought up some pipers and drums on my internet radio last night. Liam marched around the house with a small tambourine and his drumsticks, playing his own salsa version of “Amazing Grace” and “Scotland the Brave.”
I share this because every time some reference to the Games comes up (which is almost daily) I miss you both keenly and feel I should express how much I appreciate all you did for me back then. Even if I was too little to know or appreciate it and even if I was in a sour mood, I believe I am a better mother because I was exposed to so many things that were important to the two of you. I am a better person for having a wide range of interests and an active love of new things and adventure. I commit to raising Liam–whether he appreciates it at the time or not–similarly.
I love and miss you both, Molly
Anyone who knows me will already know that this letter had me grabbing for the tissue box!
What shared family activities did you most appreciate as a child, and what childhood memories are you helping to create today?