yesterday my daughter went to be with her grandma (my mom) while my husband and I went to get some things done. When we came back I found out that my mom had made Jell-o with her. This warmed my heart because every time I would go to my grandmothers house (my moms mom) that is something we would do together and I loved it! I love that my mom is now carrying on this tradition with my daughter. Did you have anything special you did with your grandparents? Will you share those with your kids?
I've already sort of done that with my half-brother, who's 11 years younger than me, literally half my age. My mom had sort of given up on trying to do anything mom-like at that point, so I always had to take care of him. Whenever we go back to visit, he listens to what I say, unlike how he responds to mom. If I say No, its "No". If mom says No, its "Ignore that and do what I wanted anyway". He comes to me for help with games, or just to talk because he knows I'll listen.
End point, I want to involve my kids/grand-kids in things like she did. Make them feel like they're an important part of what was going on without always being center stage, encourage them to always be better but always know they're great just the way they are. Help them with their games, grades, or their troubles.
MY mom.. her daughter has something similar... old beanie babies, maracas, tiny little counting bears.. and both my kids.. since they were babies.. they would find that drawer too..