Although we didn’t live in the same area, my parents made special efforts that we would travel to see them at least three times a year. In addition, both sets of grandparents would come and visit us. As we became adults, we would make special trips to keep up the relationship, moreover, once we had children we made a point of visiting so that the grandparents were able to get to know the great-grandchildren. We were able to maintain a close cross-generational relationship, which I along with my kids cherish.
It was intriguing to see the differences between my mother and her mother, in many ways they were opposites while I was probably more like my grandmother, Baba. Baba was an entrepreneur from the moment she landed in Canada. She began as a housekeeper then started a cafe in downtown Winnipeg. Later she owned a confectionery store in Windsor. She was exceptionally creative as was my grandfather. In her broken English, she would love to get us laughing with her clowning and being melodramatic in trying to get us to eat. I only wish that she lived long enough to see the birth of Fairy Dazzle. I think that she might have donned some wings and waved a wand!
My father was in many ways my grandfather’s best friend. There were only 20 years between them. In addition, my father became the surrogate father to his sisters who were 9 and ten years younger than him. My father’s parents travelled with my parents and yearly spent summers at my parent’s chalet. Both my paternal grandparents were exceptionally creative. They loved to share family stories and foster traditions with humour and joy.