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When my DD was growing up, a new McDonald's opened up in our town. DD pretty much learned her alphabet by recognizing the sign, and she would ask for 'hamgerbur' every time we drove by. She would almost always have one because it was affordable then. And we used to go to K-Mart and all the other stores along the way.

Every afternoon I pick up DGD from day care and we go by that same McDonald's, and she never said anything until yesterday. "Lola, I want to go to McDonald's", she said right after I drove by it, "I want a Happy Meal". So I turned around at the next set of lights and drove back to McDonald's.  Instead of asking for hamburger, she asked for chicken nuggets, so I was fine with that. Luckily, the price of a Happy Meal hasn't gone up much (35 years span), so I could happily oblige my DGD's request for McDonald's once in a while. 

And just like her mom back then,  she now recognizes all the stores along the way, so she gives me a running commentary as we drive by - "there's Dunkin Donuts, Lola, I want some chocolate munchkins"; "There's K-Mart, I want to look at shoes"; "Can we stop by the Brick House for Blue Goo?", "Oh, the gas station isn't open yet, do you need gas, Lola?"; "Are we going food shopping, Lola?" as we pass by the supermarket; "You have to go buy some cat food", as we pass a PetSmart,and of course, my favorite: "Are you going to buy more fabrics, Lola?" when we go by JoAnn.

The joy of having a DGD, it's like having my DD as a young girl all over again. However, taking DGD shopping is much more expensive now.

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Comment by Terry F on July 22, 2011 at 3:47pm
You won't need a planned destination, just bring your DGD!
Comment by Maria Carroll on July 22, 2011 at 5:30am
oh how precious! I giggled to myself as I read this. Thanks for sharing and treasure those precious moments!
Comment by juhu on July 21, 2011 at 12:29pm
What a nice story! I don't have kids myself, so I have to make do with creating memories with and about my nephews who are now 7 and 8 years old and who luckily live very close. Can you imagine that their favourite stories when visiting their grandmother (my mother) are stories about MY wrongdoings when I was a child???!? Grandmothers CAN be quite ruthless sometimes... ;-)
Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 21, 2011 at 10:11am
What precious times and memories! I'm looking forward to those with our DGD.
Comment by Janet/MO on July 21, 2011 at 9:19am
Your posting really tugged at my heartstrings.  Since we moved to MO I don't get to spend the time with my dgd Cheynne that I used to.  She was my little buddy & we did so much together.  This time together will give you both a life time of memories! 
Comment by Barbara S/IL on July 21, 2011 at 9:08am
Precious times to remember and share.
Comment by Kathy Biggs/MO on July 21, 2011 at 6:43am
That's sweet. Building memories with them may encourage them to do the same with their children and grandchildren. But by then who knows WHAT a burger or nuggets will cost!  When you go by JoAnn, maybe you could teach her to say "You NEED to by more fabrics, Lola!" instead of "Are you going to...." LOL   Enjoy the sweet times. They all grow up way too fast.
Comment by Lynne on July 21, 2011 at 6:13am
Aida,,, your stories of your DGD reminded me of something our oldest DGS used to say when we would stop for a treat at Burger King.  "No drive thru".   His mother would always tell him if he was bad, they couldn't go in and eat, they had to do drive thru.  Obviously, he loved to eat in.  And his favorite thing to order was chicken nuggets, and we always went home with a full container of french fries,,, he never ate them.
Comment by Pam/NY on July 21, 2011 at 5:26am
We feel the same way with our grandsons...get to watch our son grow up all over! I love watching our son be a parent!
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 21, 2011 at 5:14am
So cute.  It sounds like you are doing a great job treasuring the moments. 

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