The "perfect" picnic

When my son stands off the diving board....I have visions of my grandfather. My sons body built...his generational "mole" on his chest....his "sun" kissed hair reminds me of him. My grandfather was an amazing swimmer...a gentle and soft spoken man. So many times I wish my son could of met his great-grandfather. I know they would spend hours talking in a chair or tinkering with tools together.

He was extremely talented and could make or fix anything.

Today, I am going to share with you a picnic basket that my grandfather "redid" and my grandmother sewed the lining and fixed it all up. She had special touches, too!

As, I was pulling it out, there was "hint" of their smell that I remember as a child...what a special treasure created with love.

Wishing today that my kids and I could go on a picnic with them...I can almost taste my grandmother's egg salad...cut up so finely you don't even know what's in it but boy' it was good~

32 comments:

Liz said...

That is such a pretty picnic basket. I love how heirlooms like that can bring back such sweet memories.

Mari said...

What a nice basket! The fact that your grandparents fixed it up makes it even more special!

Dawn said...

a very special reminder... and i love that you could still feel the scent of them. i hope you picnicked... and shared your memories!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

It is very beautiful! I love the lining and all the added touches! What memories!! :)

Astrid said...

Very nice basket! (I sure wish I had a picnic basket...)

How wonderful to have those sweet memories!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Here I was just going to pop in from SITS to say good morning and you have to have such a pretty blog that I wanna stay and visit. LOVE that basket.

Julie said...

that is so nice... love that he fixed it all up and made it super special!!! Enjoy using it

Anonymous said...

Sooooo lovely written thank you sunriseside

April said...

What a treasure! It's something you can pass down to your kids one day. The memories of your grandparents live on through you...

Busy Bee Suz said...

Such sweet memories for you.
We had a picnic basket similar to yours...wish we had kept it!

Tara G. said...

I know exactly what you mean of the smell- Granny always had a hint of Noxzema and Cover Girl powder on her. And wow, I miss her homemade biscuits!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Love it, Sandy Toes-the memories are so bittersweet sometimes...Love the basket!

LuLu & Co. said...

Love that sweet memory and that you have the picnic basket! I could go for a good egg salad sandwich...it makes me think of my grandparents,
have a great day,
LuLu

Jan the crazy lady said...

That is simply the cutest basket and memory story I have heard. That is so special. I love picnics.

Scrappy Girl said...

Great picnic basket!

This post reminded me of a craving I had the other day...when I was younger and it was time to go on vacation my parents would pull the luggage down from the attic. They always had a weird smell to them. The other day while packing I had the craving to smell those suitcases...maybe next trip to my parents...I know the cases are still up there! Great blog!

Preppy 101 said...

What a sweet post. My children never met my dad either. Makes me so sad if I dwell on it. Thanks for sharing this. xoxo

Rachel said...

What a great basket and the memories attached are even better.

:)r.

Darlene said...

What a beautiful memory you have attached to that wonderful picnic basket.♥

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

what a sweet post!! I used to have a picnic basket like that - I have no idea where it went off to!

Kim @ Everything Etsy said...

That's so wonderful! I love special things like your basket.

~Kim

Jo said...

How sweet ~ memories made and memories yet to come ~ enjoy!

Jo

Joy said...

That is a beautiful basket. I know you treasure it.


Joy

Liz said...

How wonderful! I remember my grandparents' house smell too, wish I could find something to remind me of that!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Thank you for sharing your story with us. I do know what you mean about that smell.... I opened my Grandmothers sewing box and the sweet smell brought me back many years of memories. I love your basket!

Montee said...

I wish that my children knew their great-grandparents and my dad. Actually they were around my paternal grandfather for a few years. I am not sure how much they remember about him except that he was a little grumpy. I wish they had known him before. He was so fun, but when my dad passed away 20 years ago, my grandfather became a sad man. Every now and then a hint of the grandfather I knew, would appear.

Your picnic basket is such a precious momento. I have a few momentos that I use to tell my children about my grandparents and my father. I believe Britnee and Brett will get to know them one day in Heaven.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

What a beautiful basket, but even better are the memories that it brings!! Enjoy!

Lisa

Kacey R. said...

That is a GORGEOUS basket! You are so lucky to have such a special treasure to remember them by. I have my grandfather's straw hats. I get a kick out of seeing the kids wear them for a few minutes and I know it makes him smile too.

Southern said...

That is so very special - I love it!

Amanda said...

what a precious basket...how special!

Jboo said...

That IS a perfect picnic basket! I remember my parents having one that was similar -- your post brought back so many picnic memories! Have fun on summer vacation!

Janet

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Smelling Coffee said...

How special - what a wonderful treasure for you, and especially since it still has a "hint" of their smell...