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8/28/17 6:20 P

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Absolutely no family traditions from my chaotic childhood home but made sure daughter and I had several traditions with special significance for our little family. Once every summer we'd ride our bikes to the Bridge Drive-In for a special ice cream treat and take updated photos as we walked across the walking bridge. Now that she's left home she does these things with boyfriend rather than me; it's just not the same if I were to go by myself and I'm not the picture taker in our family.

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8/28/17 4:13 P

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Great question. (and Jeanne, I remember Dawson Creek . . . it was a good base to use for the purpose of Q&As afterwards.)

My family tradition was getting together with the in-laws and outlaws, gathering all the family together at different times during the year. But kinda hard to keep up as the families grew, some moved out of state, etc. Losing members to death, drugs, etc. Heart rending.

But I'm really glad to have those precious memories. And really glad that some families are still keeping up with their special times together.

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8/28/17 9:56 A

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Every holiday and local festival days (2), small and large, I cook and have them all (21) in - and all their relatives and friends that are visiting too. Also every Friday for "family fun night", when I cook appetizers, soup, entrees (vegetarian, vegan, and meat), and a homemade dessert (usually cake or pie), plus a homemade bread if appropriate. We never miss but we don't say anything when they do, because it is entirely up to them to come or not. Almost no one ever misses. My DH is 78, and his health isn't bad but neither is he counting on being here when he's 100, so although I know the kids/grands want to spend all the time with them they can, I think they enjoy our Friday nights. The little ones learn their manners, we solve all the world and local problems, and laugh a lot. It is a lot of work (I am the only cook) but they do dishes so I'm happy to do it.

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8/28/17 9:38 A

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Watching the Macy Day Christmas Parade on Thanksgiving. Have done it every year for over 55 years.

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8/28/17 7:09 A

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That's neat1 We watched 7th Heaven and that opened up discussions. My kids felt very free to discuss things with us as they could see we were open and wiling to talk about anything on their mind. We didn't always agree, mind you, but we talked about things. To this day, DH (25) and DD (22) are pretty open about asking questions they may have.

Great question.

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8/28/17 5:47 A

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Every Wednesday night a television show would come on called Dawson's Creek. John, Destiny and I would sit down and watch it together. No matter how busy our lives were, Wednesday's were our nights. It was a young teen show that brought up mature subjects and when it was over, we would turn the TV off and discuss that week's episode. It let Destiny feel free to ask any questions she had about teen drinking, teen sex, and on and on. Many people disapproved of us watching that show with her but to this day we talk about the impact it had on her life and her avoidance of drinking, drugs, and sex as a teenager. Since the time of that show she has known there are no subjects that are out of bounds to talk to us about and it worked beautifully for what we wanted it to.

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8/28/17 5:41 A

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Was or is there a family tradition that has a special meaning for you? Describe it.


"and I said to my body softly; "I want to be your friend." it took a long breath and replied; "I have been waiting my whole life for this." - Nayyirah Waheed

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