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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.

Thanksgiving Traditions

I believe the best time of the year is now upon us. Not only have the leaves dropped here in Northeast Ohio, but so has the temperature. This can only mean one thing- my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Thanksgiving is not only my favorite holiday for the vast amount of food or the all-you-can-watch football, but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of my family’s traditions.

Ever since I can remember, I would wake up on Thanksgiving morning and the wonderful aroma of the dish my mother was making would fill the house. My family would eat a small breakfast together before piling into the car to travel about an hour and a half to my grandparents. The car ride always felt like an eternity because of the excitement to see everyone. Our family Thanksgiving gathering consisted of getting to see my grandparents, all my aunts, all my uncles and all eighteen cousins. We would always have a huge Thanksgiving spread, the typical kids table and adult table and we would always have a rousing game of “Bingo” after dinner, including prizes (enough for everyone to have at least one).

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Even though we lived the furthest away from my grandparents, we would always seem to stay as long as possible. When I was younger, I never understood why we would stay so long. However, now that I’m older, I realize the real reason.  We stayed because Thanksgiving, to us, is about being thankful for the things you have in life and what my family is most thankful for, which is having each other.

What are some of your family traditions? What are you and your families thankful for this Thanksgiving?

About Matt
BioPhotoMatt is a major sports fanatic. Whether it is cheering on the Cleveland sports teams 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 part of our Digital Communications Team at Step2.

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.