We were so excited to have my grandparents (my mom’s parents) visit us for a few days this week. They had just finished an amazing tour of Sicily with Grand Circle Travel and so — without the pressure of “seeing Italy” — we could all sit back and savor the moments together. I absolutely love my grandparents and treasure any time I’m able to spend with them. Some of my happiest childhood memories come from hot summers spent in their beautiful home in St. Louis, helping my grandmother bake cookies or watching my grandfather in his woodworking shop in their basement. It was a huge honor to host them in my own home, to cook food for them in my own kitchen, to welcome them into everyday life with my own family.
Here are a few sweet moments from their visit. Above on the left, Gil and his GG (great-grandmother) enjoy lunch on base. Above on the right, Lena pages through a beautiful wooden bookthat her great-grandparents brought her. Thank you, GG and Great-Grampie!
Above left: Gil and GG chit-chatting at the hospital on base. We spent 5 hours there one morning due to my poor grandfather not feeling well for most of his visit! Thanks to excellent care at the hospital on base, though, he has a clean bill of health to head back to the States today. Above right: I can only hope to be as hip as my grandmother when I am 79.
Scenes from one early morning: Gil yawning (after only being up for an hour… typical) and Lena and Grammie enjoying a tea party.
Today we took a walk through our town, showing Grammie/GG our favorite spots.
One of our favorite places in town is definitely La Biscotteria Siciliana, where Grammie enjoyed her last chocolate gelato before leaving Italy.
Lena and I, meanwhile, celebrated the coming of warmer weather with cups of granite, or Italian ice. Lena had pistachio, I had almond and strawberry, and Gil just looked on with all the wisdom of a newly-minted 3-month-old. (Happy 3-month “birthday” today, Gil!)
Above left: Afternoon playtime. Above right: Dinner tonight at Donna Fortunata. Love you, Grampie!
These pictures just make my heart melt. What an incredible gift to have my grandparents visit us overseas! I know I’ll treasure these memories for myself and for my children the rest of my life.
Are your grandparents still living? What did you do together the last time you saw them?