Popcorn with Papa

At an early age, my parents were excited to invest in the lives of their grandchildren.  One of the things the kids did when they visited “MeeMaw and Papa’s” house was make popcorn.  Ya know.  The air popped kind that you could see through the top and watch it pop.  They would catch the unpopped kernels and throw them back in, hoping they would yield more fluffy popcorn.  After it was done, there would be an array of things they would sprinkle on top.  Seasoned Salt.  Old Bay.  Butter.  It’s funny how many spices they experimented with.  Many times too many flavors with a whole lot of spice.  But most of the time just right.

One holiday season while walking through the mall, we found a popcorn bucket ornament that recorded a message.  So we purchased it and corralled the boys to record a special message for Papa.   “Let’s make popcorn”, they said.  My dad was touched and it still hangs on their tree when they decorate for the holidays.  I love precious times you can capture and hold them like “time in a bottle” for years to come.  We can now press the button on the ornament and listen to their little voices.

Looking back on this “event” makes me realize, it wasn’t the act of dragging out the air popper or the plink of the unpopped kernels hitting the bowl.  It wasn’t the crunchy popcorn or the special cabinet of spices.  It was the time.  The kids asked to pop some corn and my dad joyfully hoisted them up to the counter one by one and invested time in talking things through.  Talking about their little worlds.  He found joy in stirring up the wonders of science and congratulating their job well done in patiently waiting for perfect results.  Yeah, I’m  grateful for the time family invested into their lives.  Our boys have been blessed with parents/grandparents that wanted to love on the next generation.  Or shall I say, share their addictions.  🙂

To this day both our boys love popcorn and doctoring it up with their spice of choice.

Since they were young, they learned that the kitchen counter was a friendly and fun place to be.  Popcorn was one of their first cooking adventures with their Papa.  Old Bay seasoning were one of their favorite sprinkles to add.
Since they were young, they learned that the kitchen counter was a friendly and fun place to be. Popcorn was one of their first cooking adventures with their Papa. Old Bay seasoning were one of their favorite sprinkles to add.
The boys gave Papa a Theater popcorn ornament that recorded their voices saying,
The boys gave Papa a Theater popcorn ornament that recorded their voices saying, “Let’s make popcorn”
Through the years they learned to love popcorn.  Every day was the perfect air popped popcorn day.
Through the years they learned to love popcorn. Every day was the perfect air popped popcorn day.

Thanks mom for sharing the pictures from your awesome scrapbooks.  I love you!

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3 thoughts on “Popcorn with Papa

  1. That is so precious, and such a great reminder that it’s the simplest things that connect us so deeply. My mom always sets a great table..colorful napkins, fun paper plates, swanky silver and goblets- (depending on the occasion.) My kids will always remember her special tables.

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      1. Oh, I got plenty..it’s not just holidays either. My mom is in her eighties and partially blind now, so it’s one of the few ways she can still express her creativity. 🎉

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