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America with George * Salem, South Carolina * Grammy & Papa's House

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

For the next few weeks I am going to be using this space to communicate with my kids,
please excuse the change of tone and content. George is Jude's stuffed dragon.

Ok guys...  jumping back a few days to talk about being at Grammy and Papa's House. One of the best things about being being back in America was being in special places with special people.

Mom did not expect to feel so overwhelmed and nostalgic about seeing things that she had seen a million times growing up. The family Bible, your great great grandfather's Civil War papers, the antique globe in Papa's office, handwritten letters from your ancestors, painted pictures of the homes where mom lived when she was growing up... all of it was so special, especially since it has been a long time since I have seen familiar things.

Grammy and Papa have the gift of hospitality. They do so many little things to make people feel welcome in there place. Grammy thinks carefully about how to make her home comfortable and meaningful. Everywhere you look there are beautiful things that tell stories. She does a good job of making old things look new and important. Papa has the gift of cooking delicious food that makes people want to sit around the table for a long time. Grammy has special recipes that she collects specifically for when company comes. They know the importance of feeding people's (physically and spiritually).. and they take that important job seriously.

Grammy and Papa also have a gift for making kids feel welcome in their home. They have so many fun tricks up their sleeves and are always thinking of cool ways to keep kids learning and entertained. They had such a good time reading your journals and looking at all your school work from last year. They miss you guys so much. Probably about as much as you miss them. It will be such a fun party when we all get to be together again!

Thanks for your warm hospitality Grammy and Papa. You sure do know how to make a dragon feel at home.

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