When you stop to think back about your grandparents, certain memories probably come to mind. For me, I remember my grandma sending me care packages from California to Oregon filled with fun surprises. (Including an amazing 80’s era Little Mermaid sweater kind of like this.) I remember my grandpa taking us on rides in his little, red truck. But, one of my most vivid grandparent memories is of my abuelita‘s house. Abuelita means grandmother in Spanish and we always called her “lita.”
Whenever we would go to Lita’s house she had a full candy dish for us. It wasn’t really an actual candy dish now that I think of it, but more like a really giant cocktail glass, but I didn’t care. All I cared about were the candies. She often had a lot of strange Mexican candies interspersed throughout, but my brother and I quickly picked around those and headed straight for the “good stuff:” the Werther’s hard candies in their pretty, gold wrappers and these little strawberry candies whose wrapper looked like an actual strawberry.
Now that I have a baby of my own, I was thinking the other day about what her memories of her own grandparents will be. Both my parents and my husband’s parents are head over heels in love with Fern, so I’ve no doubts that she’ll be showered with love, affection and treats, but I’m just curious what they will be.
Perhaps I may mention the power the candy dish holds though – in case the grandparents are still looking for memory making ideas. I’ll have to make sure to curate their candy picks though, so I can sneak a few of my old favorites.
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.
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