Traditions: we’ve all got ‘em. They might be family dinners on special occasions, or having a particular kind of cake on your birthday (Jeanne Cake, natch), or popcorn at the movies, or meeting your friend for a 5k run in the park, rain or shine, every Sunday morning. What are your favorite traditions, large and small? What is it about your traditions that keep them going strong for you?
As we get older and our family spreads out…doing their own things, it’s hard to maintain those rituals that depend on family to be there. Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as birthdays, used to be events that the whole family would attend.
Now we’re lucky if a couple of us can manage to do that. Last turkey day, my mom was able to make the trip “down” to Maryland to participate. At 86, it’s hard for her to travel by herself. Thanks to Southwest (and its merger with AirTran), we bought her a ticket for a direct flight from Rochester to BWI. We arranged a wheelchair for her (the first time we did this) and we didn’t know how that would go…surprise, she loved it! Made it easy for her to navigate the airport without help from her children. Maybe this will be a new tradition!
As for myself, from childhood, going out to one’s favorite restaurant has been a treasured occasion. With only one sibling closeby, we try to do this for each other on (or at least near) each other’s birthday. This May will be a landmark occasion for my extended family: my older (“half”) sister’s youngest son will be getting married in Arizona and many of us will be there! It’s going to be pretty big…with my mother attending and so will several of her great-great grandchildren. Truly a multi-generational event that should be quite special!