Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pears and Pictures

I love to watch my children and grandchildren interact with each other. It’s fun to sit back at a family gathering and watch relationships form and strengthen. I’ve been thinking about this because of two incidents that brought it to mind this week.
My mother has a wonderful pear tree that bears the most delicious fruit. When her grandchildren were little, they loved to eat the pears fresh in the fall right from the tree. Now the grandchildren are grown and have children of their own, and they live from the east coast to the west and many places in between. They still talk about Grandma’s pears and how much fun they had picking and eating them. Mother and I decided several years ago, when the kids were complaining about not being there for pear harvest, that we could still continue the tradition. Mother and I now pick the pears and slice them onto the fruit dryer. In a few hours they are ready to mail. I send them to all parts of the country, and in the next several days everyone calls up to say they are sitting on the sofa eating dried pears and loving them. (Everyone, except the missionary in southern Argentina. He didn’t get them yet.) Everybody loves the pears, but more than that, they love the connection with their grandmother.
Our daughter has been scanning the old slides and downloading them onto an internet site so they are available to all the family. She put some of the pictures of extended family gatherings on Facebook and let the relatives know they were there. The cousins have had a good reminiscing about old times and catching up on family news. I know some of them haven’t talked since the last family reunion a couple of years ago.
Did you ever think Facebook would be a blessing in your life? I didn’t, but I do now.
Pears and Pictures have brought us closer together. Think of some of the connecting catalysts in your own family. Share your suggestions.


Bethany Mason said...

Beautiful post - love reading about how families keep the bonds strong even when they're apart.

Linda Garner said...

Connections. We don't have enough of them. LG

lotusgirl said...

Facebook is like that for me. What a great story.

Carolyn V. said...

I need to facebook more often. I do it enough. Great post Christy!

Kirsten said...

I feel so blessed to be the recipient of some of those delicious dried pears. It's extremely difficult not to eat them all in one sitting, but I'm making them last. How I treasure the memories I have of my extended family, especially Mother and Grandmother, and the ways in which we can connect so quickly and readily. We live in a time of great technology.