I woke up this morning in a bed full of cupcakes and ice cream snuggled with a unicorn. Nope, this wasn't a dream. I happen to be in Detroit this week with my sisters and my niece and nephew. They are always so super excited to see their aunt Bretony. It's quite refreshing! Anywho, the whole random purpose of this trip is actually ulterior. We decided that we all really needed to go see our grandmother down south, so we're driving down to see her tomorrow! My sisters and I are currently in the process of trying to convince my dad to join us on this little excursion. The last road trip our family took was when I was 8 years old. The road trip ended up taking about 2 weeks (during the school year), and it was soooo fun! Hopefully this one will create equally fond memories.
None of us have really seen our grandmother (on our mom's side) in about 5 years or so years. I'm not really sure what to expect when I go down there. She has been in the hospital for a while, and a lot of my uncles, aunt, and cousins are already by her side. It's interesting to see the different relationships that different people have with their grandmothers. Some are best friends with them, while others barely speak to them. I'm a little bit in the middle. I remember when I use to live in Detroit and our grandmother lived with us for a brief while. Not to go into too much detail, but it was very...interesting to say the least. It is always very strange to see someone literally transform and change right in front of your eyes. With new born babies, they grow and change so much within the very first year. As we get into our older age, it can change just as rapidly after we hit a certain number. The physical, mental, and even emotional state of your being evolves and changes shape in front of your very eyes.
I am fortunate enough to have both grandmothers still around. I however don't have any grandFATHERS left. My grandma on my dad's side lives in Detroit, so perhaps we can go see her before we leave and have a little grandma tour 2016. I realize that no matter how much of an age difference or any other kind of barrier sets apart the generational communication gap, it is important to be around and experience everything that you possibly can from the family members who came before you. It's crazy that from one little lady came 7 children, more grand kids than I can count, and even MORE great-grand kids! Imagine creating all of those lives, all of those stories, all of those souls. It must be a truly magical feeling.
I'm not sure how cognizant she will be when we all get down there, but I will try my best to speak with her as much as I can. Maybe I'll even film something since I actually brought my camera this time! I think this will also be the first time we are seeing grandma without our mom being there to segue into conversations. We will be all on our own. As much as we all want our grandparents to stick around forever, ti is much more apparent that their time on earth is more limited as the days go by. This time is when they need to see family the most. If your grandparents are still around, I suggest that you take a bit of time to appreciate all the things they've done in order for your life to be what it is today. It's amazing! Even if it may be uncomfortable or awkward, go and visit them, if even for a while. We're on the way grandma!
P.s. I'm not even sure what I've been typing so I hope it makes some sort of sense, haha. Blogging in a house full of kids and animals is a challenge! (While typing, I've had a puppy licking my feet, some homemade eggs and cream of wheat shoved in my mouth by my niece, and my sister's talking the entire time... it's a miracle I typed anything at all!)
P.p.s. We all had a slumber party last night in my sister's room. We wanted to watch a scary movie, so we watched something called "The Visit". It was about 2 kids who went to visit their grandparents and got terrorized. Perfect!
P.p.p.s. The place we are driving is somewhere in Alabama, so that should be interesting as well. Haven't been there in YEARS!