Remembering Good Times While Living with Grandparents

Remembering Good Times on #ThrowbackThursday

Growing up, we moved around quite a bit. I was born in and lived in Geneva, Illinois until I was 2 years old. We then West Chicago, Illinois until after kindergarten. At that time, we moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. By the time I was 10, we moved back to Illinois to live with my grandparents. Today, I’m remembering good times and the many blessings they provided.

Remembering good times

My Grandparents wedding photo. Beautiful! Starting from the front left going clockwise: Aunt Wanda (Grandpa’s sister), Uncle Eddie (Mugger’s brother), Grandpa (Bruno) and Muggers (grandma – violet)

My parents divorced when I was 2 years-old. There are still moments, that weren’t so good, that I can remember from that time. So, really my parents splitting up was actually a good thing.

My mom raised my sister and I as a single parent, working multiple jobs to support us. I guess you could say we were latchkey kids. From at least the age of 5, I can remember my sister being with me after school and in the evenings if my mom was at work. She was only 5 years older than me, but I don’t recall that being an issue! Times were really different back then. However, I would never even think of leaving my kids on their own like that.


Looking Back

As a kid, we don’t always think about the sacrifices our parents and / or grandparents make for us. However, as an adult, I can see how incredibly generous it was of my grandparents to take us in. When we moved in with my grandparents, it truly was a blessing for all of us. They sacrificed space in their 3 bedroom home for my mom, sister, and I. And, eventually we were a blessing to them as they aged.

Having lived with my grandparents for 16 years gave me the benefit of having a fantastic relationship with them. It also gave me the advantage of going beyond the grandparent / granddaughter relationship. In essence, my grandpa was my father figure.

My grandma, who we called Muggers because of my sister?, was a very strong woman. She worked at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, which was right by our house and was the first dinner theater in America. She had a passion for oil painting and would spend hours in our basement painting.

Remembering good times with my grandparents for #ThrowbackThursday.

One of my favorite paintings that my grandma painted.

She had put my sister and I in oil painting classes at one point, which we both loved doing with her.

My Grandpa drove me too and from school every single day, starting in 7th grade through Senior year of high school. My grandpa and I had a great bond. He never raised his voice to me, actually he did once. Wow, did that scare and shock me. My mom and grandma were rather hard on me at times, but my grandpa was always very supportive.

My grandpa passed away the day before his 91st birthday, 2 months before my first child was born. Less than a year later, my grandma passed away.

Recently I became “friends” on Facebook with Bertha. In the video above, she is the one all the way to the left. My grandma was her Great Aunt. She recently sent me this video taken a year before he died, which I had never seen before! My grandpa (Bruno) is sitting in the chair, behind him and to the right is my grandma (Violet), standing next to her is her sister Mary, then Mary’s son Bob, and Bob’s daughter Bertha.

Since seeing this video last week, it brought back a lot of memories. I still miss them.

Did or do you have a close bond with extended family?


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I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 15-year-old daughter, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.


  1. What sweet memories! It’s wonderful that you had such a great relationship with your grandparents. Despite moving a lot, it’s great to have family as a constant.

  2. Desiree Lopez says

    I loved reading about your Grandparents! I think we can learn so much from extended family through having a good relationship with them.

  3. So many great memories. My Grandma live just up the road from us and I have many great memories with her. Biking, baking, playing games. Miss her every day!

  4. This is awesome and such a great post about your grandparents! I too also had a great relationship with my grandparents and the memories are endless and so beautiful! So funny how you mentioned how your grandparents drove you to and from school, mine use to haul all of us in the car and do the something. WOW, this post has me teary eyed I miss them so much!

  5. Great memories indeed. My grandma and I were very close. I miss her terribly! It is always neat to find videos and photos you have not seen before.

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