Build traditions in your families that will bring you together,
for they can demonstrate your devotion, love, and support for one another…
[L. Tom Perry]
A hundred years ago, when my mama was born, her grandfather gave her a tiny wooden chair. When my children were small, my father made each of them a tiny wooden chair patterened after mama’s. This is my grandson sitting on one of those chairs — well worn for all its use. My daughter is having a woodcraftsman make this little lad a chair of his own. Come to think of it, the overalls are a tradition too. Daddy’s usually had walnut shavings caught in the cuffs.
I am one of Katherine’s children and I too still have the chair my Grandfather made for me. Mine is identical except it is blonde in color. It is hard to believe after all the years of enjoyment (you know how hard children are on things) it still looks beautiful. He also wrote My name and date he gave the chair to me on the bottom. He wrote it in pencil and it is hard to believe you can still read it. I would love to carry on the tradition by making new chairs when my wife and I one day have children.JAS.