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Like you, we are or once were kids too. We enjoy spending time with our parents now that were adults and we learn from the advice they gave us as children. Here, we share our stories about adulthood and childhood memories.

My Grandparents’ Legacy

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Written by Nicole as a part of the We’re Kids Too series

As Grandparents Day approaches, memories of my grandma and grandpa run through my mind. My grandparents were my world and because of them, I was never fazed by growing up in a single parent household. My mom and grandparents gave me all the love and attention I ever needed. In my eyes, our family was always complete. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of them, and as sad as I am that they’re no longer around, time could never efface their legacy because I keep my favorite memories of them close to my heart.

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I’m so grateful for all the times that my grandparents cautiously watched me from their doorstep as I walked across the street to play with the kids in their neighborhood to all the big hugs and kisses they would give me when I would leave to go home. What I loved most about my grandpa and grandma is that they never stopped giving and they always put their children and grandchildren before themselves. They left a permanent imprint on my heart and I thank them for inspiring me in so many ways.

If my grandparents were alive today, I know that they would be proud of all my accomplishments and for finding the love of my life, a man that loved and cherished his grandparents just as much as I loved mine. Each and every Grandparent’s Day, I find a way to celebrate and honor them because they were a symbol of love, dedication and hard work. Without their guidance, our family would not be as strong and loving as we are today.

To all the wonderful grandparents out there, I wish you the most fantastic day with your grandchildren. May it be filled with hugs and kisses!

About Nicole
NicoleNicole is a DIY advocate, amateur chef, runner, soon-to-be wife and pet lover. She is the proud owner of two large cats that she claims act like dogs. If Nicole isn’t cook or crafting, she is out exploring new restaurants and attractions around Cleveland, the city that has taken her heart and anchored her to the ground. Nicole is the Digital Online Merchandiser at Step2.

Once Again Mother Goose

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by Aaron

Someday I’ll have kids, not now, but until that point in my life I’ll continue enjoying the smiles on the faces of the moms and dads that come into the studio with their own kids for photo shoots. I’ve seen those smiles before, the same smile on my mom’s face the first time I flushed the toilet after going “poopie” on my own. I definitely remember the same smile when submitting art projects during grade school, but most recently I remember the smile on my mom’s face when I returned home after living in Argentina for eight-months.

Through Skype, email, and Whatsapp, it wasn’t hard to paint a picture of my experience in South America, but there’s something about a separation of 5,500 miles that I’m sure didn’t resonate well with my mom. I could have been in California and as long as we were in the same country, it would have reassured her more knowing she didn’t need a visa to visit.

But like an old friend, mom was there greeting me with open arms and an open refrigerator as I walked through the door. The once empty nester had again become mother goose. I’m sure the telling signs that I was leaving the country could be spotted through college when I made friends with the foreign exchange students from Japan, Turkey, China and Argentina. It’s one thing to talk about leaving friends and family behind, but it’s another thing to actually do it.

I could say that my eight-month experience was enlightening (it doesn’t get any more enlightening than walking Machu Picchu), I could say it was humbling (how many times has your 5-year-old sacrificed going to school for working at a food market?), but the most important realization of my trip was understanding how strong the connection I have with my mother truly is. It transcends time and distance and it’s a bond we will share forever.

So as I still remember the many smiles on my mom’s face from little accomplishments when I was a child, I look forward to seeing new ones, as our relationship grows stronger and stronger.

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About Aaron
we'rekidstooaaronAaron is a Product Manager at Step2 and a graduate student, studying Global Communication. While he enjoys reading anything Ken Follett, he also passes his time reading his childhood favorites, like Harry Potter, in Spanish.

My Favorite Superhero

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by Matt

When we were little, we believed that having specials powers made someone a superhero. When we were little, we fell in love with all the superheroes such as Batman, Superman, Spiderman and many more. I too idolized these characters when I was little. I could be found watching all of the major Saturday morning superhero cartoon shows before doing chores (of course). I still enjoy those same superheroes to this day, but there is one superhero I never read about in the comic books, never saw on the cartoon television shows or at the box office. For me, that superhero is my Dad.

As a young boy, my father was constantly instilling his super powers in me. I didn’t know what his super powers were at the time, but I have come to notice them over the past few years, especially now that I have started my journey into the workforce. My father exemplified the habit of always giving his all to everything. He also showed me that in order to have the nice things in life, one has to work hard for them. At first, I didn’t buy into these theories. After all, Batman had nice things and he didn’t work too hard for them.

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But as I get older, I recognize that my dad not only spoke of the habits that bring success, he models them. He has proven that hard work and doing your absolute best, like he always encouraged me to do, will help you succeed in life. He has been very successful at his career and has never failed at anything he has tried. My dad has worked extremely hard to support our family and has always been there for me, especially now as I encounter my first time experiences of adulthood. My father is my strength to work hard and my inspiration to succeed. I now know that my father is the superhero I have always wanted to become. All he’s missing is the cape.

About Matt
BioPhotoMatt is a major sports fanatic. Whether it is cheering on the Cleveland Indians or hitting the links at the local golf courses, he can usually be found browsing for new additions to his baseball card collection. He also enjoys traveling and is hoping to visit all 50 of the United States someday. Matt is a Marketing Associate at Step2.