My first grader brought home a project this weekend. His mission was to interview an older person to find out what life was like in their time. Coincidentally, Grandma, Grandpa, and Gramps (Great Grandpa), were visiting from Michigan. So after lunch on Sunday, my son asked Gramps questions from his worksheet like, "What inventions do we have now that you didn't have back then?" Ryan listened intently as Gramps told him that back in the early 1920's, when he was born, there were no jet planes, only planes with propellers, no calculators, no computers, no cell phones , no refrigerators, and no video games.
"What? No video games? Well what did you play with then? There's nothing fun to do without video games!" Ryan was astonished.
"Oh we did lots of fun things like play Kick the Can… where we uhh… kicked a can. Innie I Over…..where one kid threw a ball over a house and the kid on the other side caught it ran around and tried to hit the other kids with it", Gramps explained.
I looked at Ryan. He wasn't too impressed with those games. Then Gramps added, "We also used to make our own scooters, kites, and model airplanes."
"Wow, you made your own kites and airplanes? Ryan asked excitedly.
"Sure, we made planes out of wood and rubber bands and they even flew."
"Can you make an airplane with me Gramps?" Ryan asked.
"Maybe when I come back for Thanksgiving", Gramps replied.
What a great way to bring a little piece of Gramps' childhood to the present generation, I thought. While I cook, Gramps can keep all the cousins busy making airplanes, instead of having them watch movies. It will be a Thanksgiving they will all remember…..though I think we'll keep Kick the Can in the past.
Have a great day!