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Sticky fingers, summertime and grandchildren

We smile through the busy chaos of family gatherings because our hope is all the mingling will continue and these cousins will be there for each other once we aren’t around.
Sherry Young, Deseret News Modified: July 9, 2014 at 3:41 pm •  Published: July 10, 2014

It's summertime, and the living is easy, well, and busy and crazy with everyone trying to catch the most of summer.

Family gatherings are the craziest but also the best times of life. As a grandparent, I delight in watching the grandchildren enjoy each other’s company. My grandma heart was cheered last spring when one of our grandsons posted on Instagram an anonymous quote he found on the Internet: “Your cousins are usually the first friends you have as a child. No one will ever understand your crazy family like your cousins do even if you haven’t talked to them lately. Repost this if you have the best cousins in the world.”

I discovered there are many variations on this theme. One that made me chuckle added, “Remember, as far as anyone knows, we are a normal family.”

I have a sister who is such a fun grandma. She takes her grandchildren camping all by herself, even driving far distances to give them happy experiences. Where she got that ambitious gene, I do not know. I would much rather find a beach or a swimming pool.

My friend called me just before the Fourth of July. She said, “I need to talk to someone who understands.” She had a houseful of visiting family and needed a listening ear for a few minutes.

I once wrote an article, “Is a Clean, Shiny Piano the Key to Happiness?” that expressed my feelings about being overrun by small children with sticky hands. Since it was published in 2007, seven grandchildren have been added to the fray.

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