Grandma and Grandpa Fee lived about one mile away. Every Sunday we would gather at their house for dinner that included a roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, baked beans, lettuce salad, garden grown vegetables, hot rolls, and homemade chocolate pie. Grandma always had a dish of candy in the living room containing jelly nougats and Brach's flavored chews. My memories of that house and the people I loved there endure and to a large degree have defined me.
My Grandma and Grandpa Johnson lived even closer. I could see their brick home from our kitchen window with only the garden separating our home from theirs. Summer days would frequently include a walk to Grandma's for a Schwan's popsicle. My cousins and I would occupy ourselves by counting the number of trinket owls that my grandma had in her home, well over one hundred. Over one hundred is now my grandmother's age, and she continues to teach me and inspire me.
Grandparents are treasures. The relationship of a grandparent and grandchild is unlike any other. At Rivermont we have planned a special day to honor and recognize that relationship - Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day. During the morning of November 25, grandparents and special friends are invited to join their grandchildren on campus. There will be an opportunity to visit the classrooms, meet the teachers, and see some of the projects the students have been working on this year. At 9:30 the grandkids will be on stage, singing! Does it get any better than that? Cookies in Central Hall will follow the performance. Then there is an 11:00 dismissal, because the next day there will be Thanksgiving Dinner . . . at Grandma's house!