Prior to going on vacation, work had been very busy and super intense. Some weeks ago, during lunch, I decided to exercise some self-help; I treated myself to a cupcake.
As I stood in line waiting to be served, the woman standing next to me leaned over and said, “I just love Tuesdays!” She went on to explain she came to the bakery each Tuesday to pick out two cupcakes; one for herself and the other for her two-year-old granddaughter.
Of course I smiled and wanted to know more about this sweet rendezvous. I asked what they did on cupcake Tuesday and this proud grandmother beamed and said they had tea (well the granddaughter had milk in her sippy), ate their cupcakes, and then went to the park.
And then this grandmother said something that made my heart skip a beat, “I feel so lucky to get this one-on-one time with my granddaughter. She’s my only one and it’s so great for me that I live with my daughter and her family.”
I asked her how long they had this multigenerational living set-up (they were entering their 3rd year), what made them come to it, and any other multigenerational related question she was willing to answer.
Turns out she had grown-up with her maternal grandmother living with her family (mom, dad, herself, and two siblings). She knew after her own daughter married she would move to live with them to help with any grandchildren. She said she feels it’s the best gift she could provide for her daughter and son-in-law so they have time to nurture their marriage, cultivate their careers, and raise happy children.
I couldn’t talk fast enough as I described my own multigenerational household with this wise woman.
Yes, a cupcake helped me make a multigenerational connection and get my sugar fix!