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Friday, September 9, 2022

 Simple Pleasures #55

There was a time when it was the norm for extended families to live together. 

When grandparents were an integral part of a family's day-to-day living. 

It was a time when an older generation was deemed to be a source for teaching and sharing life experiences with younger members of a family.

elderly woman hands

Although those days for the most part have ended, it doesn't mean that grandparents and especially grandmothers are no longer needed in the raising of children?

"Some scientists think women evolved to live way past their childbearing years so that in middle age, unencumbered by babies of their own, they can make sure their daughters’ kids thrive.
These scientists posit that back in the days before farming, young mothers were better able to keep their kids alive when their own mothers were around to help forage—an advantage that has been dubbed the “grandmother effect.” (source unknown)
grandmother hands and baby feet

As most of us are no longer out foraging, what is our purpose now?
Are we meant to take cruises where we play shuffleboard or hang out in bingo parlors?
The importance of grandmothers has ebbed and flowed over time. 
Maybe grandmothers were less important in the mid twentieth century when most mothers stayed at home, but the importance of grandmothers may be on the upswing once again. 
with granddaughter

I know that I love spending time with my grandchildren and passing on the things that I learned from my own grandmothers. 
My hypothesis is that grandmothers are pretty darned important.
What do you think?

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Apple Cranberry Chicken Salad

I was sitting here a couple of days ago thinking about how tired I am of my lunch choices when I came across a recipe for apple cranberry chicken salad.

I love chicken salad and this is the perfect time of the year to add fresh crispy apples and cranberries.

apple cranberry chicken salad

I also love grapes in my chicken salad so I am tossing a few into the mix and serving it up on some gluten-free tortillas.

apple cranberry chicken salad on tortillas

This is a simple way to use up some leftover chicken.

Invite some girlfriends over and enjoy it on the deck with a glass of white wine or some iced tea on a late summer or early fall day.

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  1. Great Post Laura. I love the pic of you and your granddaughter. So sweet. I love love being a grandmother to my two granddaughters. Oh just when you think you could not love anyone more than your own child they give you grandchildren and your heart expands again. Happy Friday. Have a great weekend. xoxo Kris

  2. Hi Laura... I can't wait to become a grandmother! It's not in the cards right now but hopefully, will be in the near future!! Have a great weekend. Cute pic of you and your grand!

  3. That really is a beautiful photo of you and your granddaughter. I love the chicken salad recipe and hope this weekend is a good one for you. Hugs!

  4. Well I don't know how important grandmothers are but I do know just how important my grandson is to me....goodness what would I do without him! We've spent the last 4 & a half years together. I've watched him since he was a new born while his parents work & he is my favorite person in the whole world.

  5. Very nice post! I am unfortunately not a grandmother, but I know how much I loved my maternal grandmother! I never knew my paternal grandmother and wish I would have. They offer so much to our lives, in so many ways. I do so wish I did have grandchildren as there is still alot of love in me! Hugs.. Marilyn

  6. From what I see from my friends who are grandparents, they are way more involved in their grand kids lives than the previous generation. Great picture of you and your granddaughter!


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