The best stories from my site and around the web in 2016.
All the Girl Scouts troops in her California town were full, so Kathy Richardson started a new one for her granddaughter and her friends.
I’ve been asking grandparents around the country what they’re called and why. Here are a few of their stories.
Three generations, one road trip.
Grandparents and grandchildren need one another, so parents shouldn’t stand in the way, says grandmother and journalist Connie Schultz.
A woman honors the grandparents who shaped her.
For kids, summer means dirt and sand and water and sun. It means shorts and swings and popsicles and peaches. But most of all, what summer means for kids is freedom. These books beautifully capture that.
Nancy Schatz is famous in Maine for the blueberry pie she learned how to make from her mother, who learned how to make it from hers. Here’s the recipe, which Nancy’s granddaughters have begun to master, too.
A picture book about what happens when parents get out of the way.
“Imagine it: During the holidays, instead of using gadgets to ignore each other, we might use them as an excuse to look each other in the eye and listen.”
Shouldn’t grandparents matter as much in movies as they do in real life?
It’s not important that children know about nature, Rachel Carson believed; what matters is that they delight in it. But they won’t unless they’re shown the way, she warned.
“Standing at one remove from the new partnership, and all the hue and cry the blending of a family can involve, they have the potential to play a unique role for the stepgrandchild—part grandparent, part wise, trusted confidante.”
Mary Cassatt painted this portrait of her mother, nephew, and nieces on a family vacation near Paris in the summer of 1880.
There’s not enough good art about the bond between kids and their grandparents, so I asked Rebecca Layton, an illustrator based in Austin, to create some.
Cathy Williams, 62, and her granddaughter, Chelsea Washington, both earned bachelor’s degrees this spring from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee.
… and other things my grandma taught me.
Lisa Drayer got 40 years with her grandmother. They were never closer than at the end.
Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin has some ideas.
These books aren’t just stunningly written and illustrated. They also get the new American family.
“I think there should be legislation that keeps children and their offspring in the same town, but it didn’t work out that way.”
My grandfather must have liked this one.
When he’s not writing some of the best humor and journalism of our time, Trillin spends a lot of time grandparenting.