Posted tagged ‘Relatives’

Memories and Egg Magic

March 29, 2018

My grandmother came to America from what is now called Slovakia. She was a thrifty woman. She lived in a small bungalow in the city of Milwaukee. She never owned a car. Instead, she walked everywhere or took public transportation.  She made her own clothes and poo-pooed spending money on frivolous things. Her backyard was a garden filled with fruits, herbs, and vegetables. We ate them fresh in the summer and canned in the winter. The aroma from her kitchen was always inviting – especially during the holidays. Her breads and pastries were to die for. I was convinced my grandmother could do anything. She even made magic with Easter eggs. She used natural dyes – onion skins, cut beets, spinach … I was always amazed to see what color the eggs would be when they came out of the pot. Whether it be taking a special bus trip downtown, picking vegetables from the garden, or helping make apple strudel, being with my grandmother was always a magical and memorable experience.

Make a magical and memorable experience with your kids. Try using natural dyes to color your eggs. It’s a great science project!

https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/2012/03/28/day-4-egg-week-dying-easter-eggs-naturally/

Below are some other links to help you along the way to beautifully-colored eggs.

https://www.mommypotamus.com/how-to-dye-easter-eggs-naturally-with-everyday-ingredients/

http://www.kaleyann.com/naturally-dyed-easter-eggs/

https://whatscookingamerica.net/Eggs/EasterEggDye.htm

Speaking of memorable, here are some of my favorite classic books for this season.

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The Golden Egg Book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard, Golden Books, 2004

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The Country Bunny and the Little Golden Shoes written by Du Bose Heyward and illustrated by Marjorie Flack, Harcourt Brace and Company, 1939

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Rechenka’s Eggs written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco, Philomel Books, 1988

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The Velveteen Rabbit written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson, Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 1958

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, Warne Frederick & Company, 2009

 

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The Relatives Came

February 8, 2018

“One of the things that binds us as a family is a shared sense of humor.” ~Ralph Finnes

We came from California, from Texas, from New Hampshire, from Massachusetts, from Florida, from Washington state, and from Washington D.C.  The core group: A brother and his wife. Three sisters and their husbands. Along with us came our daughters, their husbands, and their children. Three generations of the family were together again. We hugged. We kissed. We laughed. We cried. We’re a small family with big hearts. In all, there were nineteen of us plus one on the way. We were missing only two who were unable to attend. While the children played, the adults gabbed, ate, drank, and laughed some more. For one long weekend, we were a wild and crazy family again.

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Sometimes you don’t realize how much you miss your family until you come together, and the love that surrounds you is magical.

 

“You go through life wondering what is it all about but at the end of the day it’s all about family.” ~ Rod Stewart

One of my favorite books is The Relatives Came written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Stephen Gammell.  It’s a Caldecott Honor book filled with charming illustrations and a story with heart.

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Embrace your family!

“I think the family is the place where the most ridiculous and least respectable things in the world go on.” ~ Ugo Betti

 

 

 

 

 

The Relatives Are Coming! The Relatives Are Coming!

July 5, 2011

Quick! Hide the mess. Wash to windows. Spit shine the floors. Polish the furniture. Change the linens. Tomorrow the relatives arrive. Planes and cars will bring relatives from California, Florida, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin.

Who are these people? They’re my daughter, brother, sisters, and nieces. Why should I care how my house looks for my brother and sisters? I grew up with them. I’ve seen them at their worst and I’ve seen them at their best and vice versa. But there’s something about wanting your brother and sisters to see you as the mature grown up you’ve become and not the hopelessly naive space queen from your youth.

As a family we all have our quirks and we don’t always get along. There will be some banter, some wise cracks, some rants, some tears, some good memories, and, hopefully, lots of laughter. So what’s the reason for the east coast meets west coast meets in the middle get together?

On Friday, we’ll memorialize my dad’s life. He passed away on January 8th of this year. Yes, it took us a bit of time to get organized. That’s part of the quirkiness of our family – getting it all together. Tomorrow would have been my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary. My mom passed away nine months before my dad, and on Friday we will lay him to rest next to her.

As we gather together as a family, we owe it to my parents to be the best that we can be for at least a few days because they were the best part of our lives!

Here’s a book young readers might enjoy about relatives:

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Stephen Gammell (Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 2001)


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