Both of my daughters are very creative, artists really in their own way. Claire is a great photographer and Sarah, among other things, takes Halloween to a whole other level. A couple of years ago she dressed as Fay Wray, Scott was the Empire State Building and little Sam was King Kong. Now that Kate is with us and unable to protest, she is going as Princess Leah, Sam as Luke and Sarah as Chewbacca. Check the picture for a preview of Leah. This is a memory that will last forever.
My friend Charlie once told me of the importance of parents creating good memories for their kids. We carry our memories like luggage with us for a lifetime. They don't have to be a big deal, just special times. It might be a fishing trip, playing catch in the back yard or baking that first pie. The key is that they are positive experiences. It doesn't matter if the pie comes out perfect but that the experience is warm and fun. I plan on giving all my grand kids as many good memories as I can. They take a little time and patience but they will have lifelong positive effects.
I love them all.
Poppi's Adventures in Babysitting
Jim Kemna (Poppi) was the Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri until he retired at the end of June 2016. Now Jim is becoming an active grandparent. He is babysitting for his one month old granddaughter Katie. Before retirement Jim was responsible for assisting his bishop in promoting the vision of catechesis throughout the diocese. See Meet the Project Team for more information about this author.