Sunday, November 07, 2010

MeeMaw Saturday

I've been wanting to take the kids up to see my grandmother (MeeMaw) for a while now and was starting to feel bad that I'd mentioned it to her the last time I saw her and then never actually had done it.  I know how much she enjoys a visit and I feel bad that I don't get up to see her enough.  She lives a little over 90 minutes away, so not exactly a quick trip, but not terribly long either.  Earlier in the week, Jason sent me an email at work and asked if I thought this Saturday was a good day for it?  Perfect.  I called MeeMaw and in seconds, we had our whole day set up!  She was so excited!

We had an early start and arrived at her house a little after 10:30am.  After getting settled, we had a classic MeeMaw lunch completed with sandwiches, relishes, soup and homemade cookies.  I have always loved MeeMaw lunches.  Ever since I was a kid, there was just something about them.  Sitting there with Jason and the kids reminded me of what a simple pleasure it has always been - 33 years worth.  I don't know if it's the familiar surroundings, the dishes, the food, or her, but it's something that I know I will carry with me the rest of my life.  Delightful.

After getting everything put back in perfect order, the six of us went "downtown" to the local Hagerstown science center - Discovery Station.  I hadn't been in downtown Hagerstown in a long time and don't think I'd ever visited this part of town.  Bricked sidewalks, old buildings, charming.  Discovery Station is in a building that for many years was a bank - complete with a huge safe!  Pretty cool!

It's not the Baltimore Science center, but it was really cute.  They had a bunch of exhibits that clearly someone had put a lot of time and thought into as well as a lot of things for kids to touch and play with.  We ended up staying over 2 hours and I don't know who had more fun, the kids or MeeMaw!!!

Caroline and a shark's tooth

Piper liked, surprise, the sand table
The kids got a real kick out of the actual Cessna plane on display that they were allowed to climb in and "fly."


And of course, I had to get a photo by the Golden Bulldog!  My grandfather (MeeMaw's husband), was a mechanical engineer for Mack truck for a long time - he designed gears for their motors.  Nothing's built like a Mack Truck!

They also were very intrigued by the Titanic exhibit (it really is an interesting story!), the optical illusion exhibit, and railroads too.  Oh and I can't forget the fun they had in the magnet room - what kid doesn't like playing with magnets?  




It was a well spent afternoon and I owe it all to MeeMaw.  Of course, when we walked in, it turned out she ended up knowing the woman that runs it.  MeeMaw knows everyone in Hagerstown it seems.  She even asked MeeMaw if she'd be interested in volunteering there sometime! 

We headed back to her house for a bit where she and the kids played in the basement while I updated photos for her on her computer (she's tired of dial up - she wants to get high speed internet!).  Then she decided to take us out for dinner to some out of the way diner with a Greek chef.  All 3 kids scarfed down their food and we all enjoyed a delicious meal.
I was sad to leave as we pulled out of the driveway around 6:30 but could tell what a good day it was.  The kids all gave MeeMaw lots of hugs and kisses all day long and I don't think the smile left her face.  When I emailed my cousin to tell her about our day, she laughed and told me that right after we left, she called her 3 times in a row (until she picked up) to tell her all about our day.  It warms my heart to know our visit was so appreciated.  We'll need to do it again sooner.  

3 comments:

Lauren said...

I love this post! It warms my heart, too! I was so close to my grandmother- she was my only living grandparent from the time I was a kid until she passed away a few years ago. And I love what you said about "Meemaw lunches." That reminds me so much of "Gammy lunches." I can still clearly picture her house and all of the things that she would always make... certain little things always take me back.
Definitely spend as much time as you can with MeeMaw, you'll miss her more than you can imagine when she's gone!

Heather said...

Oh, that is SO sweet. Oma loves when we bring the kids over to see her too. And the "lunches" thing makes me smile because my sister and I still reminisce about the food Oma made for us...just lots of yummy stuff with her special touch. Again, hard to determine if it is the actual food or the company...probably a little of both. What a wonderful memory you created today...definitely do it again soon!

Heather said...

Oh, that is SO sweet. Oma loves when we bring the kids over to see her too. And the "lunches" thing makes me smile because my sister and I still reminisce about the food Oma made for us...just lots of yummy stuff with her special touch. Again, hard to determine if it is the actual food or the company...probably a little of both. What a wonderful memory you created today...definitely do it again soon!