Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Chris Judd

Like the Waltons by Chris Judd

Lately while watching an old rerun of The Waltons I realized that I and many of our neighbours had grown up in a home situation very similar to the one portrayed on The Waltons set.
We lived three generations in the same home. There were no retirement homes in our community but kids learned lessons from parents and grandparents like: respect your elders, old people are very smart, compassionate and forgiving.
Grandparents lit up when kids got up for breakfast at the morning table and every time that they accomplished something at school.
Grandma taught me how to make tea biscuits, roll out dough for bread and make jam and pickles. Grandpa taught me what makes a great cow. I never had a babysitter but grandpa taught me how to play checkers as well as most men could. Grandma showed me how to play canasta so I could play as her partner and help her beat most of her friends.
Today many retirement homes and daycare centres work together to bring children and retirement home residents together at least once a week to interact and help each other. Many children either don’t have or seldom see grandparents and many elders don’t get much time with their own grandkids.

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