Making Spontaneous Memories that Last a Lifetime
by C. Kevin Thompson
When I was about ten years old, I used to spend the night at my grandparents’ house. A morning ritual on a Sunday morning was to go with my grandfather to the local convenience store to purchase a Sunday paper. The very first time I tagged along, I remember walking inside and passing the candy aisle. You can imagine how my eyes lit up. I even stopped and turned to face it.
Then I felt a hand on my shoulder and heard my grandpa’s voice. “Go ahead. You can get something, if you want to.”
If I want to? As you know, the question for a ten-year-old boy and candy is not, “If I want to?” The question is, “How much can I get?”
However, I didn’t want to abuse my grandfather’s generosity, so I got a couple of items and met him at the counter.
He looked down at me. “Is that all you want?”
I shrugged. “This is enough.”
And that was the first of many trips on Sunday to the candy aisle growing up.
Now, some forty-plus years later, we get to do virtually the same thing with our grandkids. With one, it’s the little cake pops at Starbucks. With another, it’s Dunkin Donuts or bust. A glazed donut with strawberry frosting and sprinkles. With another, he loves the mocha frappes from McDonald’s (although I’m sure he’d love a mocha frappe-like drink from just about anywhere). He’ll even pull us aside after church and whisper into our ears, “Hey, do you want to go get a mocha frappe?” And with that smile, it’s hard to say no.
We love these times. It’s these memories we cherish. It’s these stories that help shape, mold and define families. It’s what makes them unique and different from other families, and the more of these memories a family has, the better the living will be.
And, of course, if we ever got near a candy aisle in a store, I’m sure they’d stare at it with the same kind of eyes I had over forty years ago.
C. Kevin Thompson is an ordained minister with a B.A. in Bible (Houghton College, Houghton, NY), an M.A. in Christian Studies (Wesley Biblical Seminary, Jackson, MS), and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (National-Louis University, Wheeling, IL). He presently works as an assistant principal in a middle school. His Blake Meyer Thriller series includes 30 Days Hath Revenge, Triple Time and The Tide of Times, Book 3, which will be out September 2017! Also, the second edition of his award-winning debut novel, The Serpent’s Grasp, is now available! Kevin is a huge fan of the TV series 24, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, and Criminal Minds, loves anything to do with Star Trek, and is a Sherlock Holmes fanatic, too.
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