Nostalgic Picnic

1st Day of Summer

Looking back, “Summer was not about the list of things you did, it’s about the feelings that came from it.” ~ Sue Batton Leonard

nostalgic picnicSchool’s out and it’s officially summer! I couldn’t resist posting this image which reminds me of my youth, when life was a  picnic.

I’m reminded of summer Sunday’s when my paternal grandparents packed up their car filled with home-cooked food and me and my siblings. They often took us to jousting tournaments in horse country around Monkton, Maryland where we’d laze the day away watching the activities.

I don’t remember a thing about the jousting competitions other than the thrill of watching equestrians holding on for dear life as they rode their mounts, racing toward hanging rings, spearing them.

Even as a little child I was astutely cognizant of the loving feelings I had when I spent time with my grandparents. They made each of their grandchildren feel as if there was nothing they’d rather do then spend time with us. We kids took “top shelf” in their lives always.

I feel very confident in saying this is how my son and all his cousins feel when they are with their grandparents (my parents).

Thank you, Mom & Dad!

Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected, my award-winning memoir,  honors the benefits of having a strong family.

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