Bubby Memories // Make a difference to the ones you love

By Jo Salb

Then I was growing up, I was always envious of my friends who had grandparents who were part of their lives. They would talk about their visits to them, and often about the gifts or treats they received.

Unfortunately, from around the age of nine, none of my grandparents was alive, and I wanted very badly to have the same experiences my friends enjoyed.

After I married and had my own children, I looked forward to the time when I would become a Bubby. I remembered how much I’d missed a connection with grandparents, and wanted to establish that kind of bond.

Fast-forward to about 15 years ago. I had already become a great-grandmother and had ka”h a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and I was looking for a way to forge a connection to these precious children in a practical yet fun way. I wanted to create memories for them to cherish for years to come. And so, I worked on bonding with them in a variety of meaningful ways.

As a former business owner and salesperson in the ladies’ fashion industry, I was well-versed in clothes shopping. Fortunately, I also had a talent for spotting very good sale items.

With the abundance of discount stores today, I focused on those that had a wide selection of children’s clothing and offered the best deals (like discount coupons). My first stop would be the special sales racks (often up to 70% off) and other special offers. I managed to accumulate a wide variety of items in a relatively short time. It was a fun and rewarding accomplishment.

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