|Christopher Robin with brother Bruce and me. Circa 1964|
In my family, quilting skipped two generations. Neither my mother nor my grandmothers were quilters, but my great grandmother was! I have a couple of her quilts and I cherish them. I hope the next generation of quilters in the family will still look on them with love and honor for a woman they never met (I never met her either). And, not so secretly, I hope it won't skip a generation. I would love to see the birth of a quilter in my lifetime. Time will tell.
Other things skip a generation, all within one lifetime. I think that is the joy of being Granma - happily skipping back past parenting to being a kid again. Some might call that jumping back, or even reverting. Be that as it may, I did and then I didn't and now I do again. And if a generation is 20 years (more or less), then mathematically, I did indeed skip a generation within my own lifetime.
For example, I have fond memories of playing London Bridges and Ring Around the Rosy on the playground with my friends. When you got caught in the "take the key and lock them up" phase, you might be tossed around like a towel in a washing machine - and there is no place you would rather be! I don't specifically remember singing those action songs with my sons. However, I love the recent memory of playing them with my grandboys (no girlies present at that time). I made a pretty good bridge, holding hands with a five-year old. We caught and shook up a couple other grandboys, with giggles all around. Fortunately, no pictures exist of my turn to be caught by the bridge of four and five year old extended and interlocked fingers! And my knees thanked me for carpeting. We won't even talk about Ring Around the Rosy, except to say that the ground is a lot further down than it used to be. And the up is further yet, especially after a couple of dizzy rounds.
Of course, some of the very best stuff doesn't skip a generation: bedtime stories and ice cream snacking (not necessarily in that order), soccer games and t-ball, sillies and snuggles. That is awesome stuff that no generation should miss out on. But whether it's really skipping a generation or just hopping back, there is nothing liking sharing a world of discovery with little eyes and hands and hearts. Much love to my fellow adventurers.