Cherishing Grand Relationships

Moments & Memories

At Wisdom & Innocence we celebrate that special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren…..or young and old. Warm your heart and share a smile. Scroll down to see pictures and memories from our W&I Community.

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Posted on: October 26, 2015

Grandpa Cherishes Last Visit from Grandson – a Gift of Love

This photo was from the last visit Ruben had with family out of town. It was Memorial Day weekend 2014 and at the spur of the moment we decided to make the 4 hour drive. Ruben passed unexpectedly during summer of that same year. We don’t get to visit very often so that weekend means so much […]

Posted on: October 13, 2015

Happy Days to Remember

Great Grandma and Grandma sharing hugs with the birthday boy! This photo is very special to our family, as Great Grandma passed away this year on June 19th. It will always remind us how much she loved being together with family!

Posted on: August 28, 2015

A Story – and a Lesson from My Late Grandfather

My fraternal grandfather, Phillip, was not an educated man.  His schooling, of economic necessity, ended at 8th grade, after which he went to work.  He and my grandmother Julia raised my father and his elder sister Phyllis from a tiny, two-bedroom bungalow in Joliet, Illinois – always without much money, Phillip working his way up […]

Posted on: August 26, 2015

My Roots

60 years ago this month my Maternal Grandfather built & owned Beverly Lanes Bowling Alley in our Chicago suburban town of Arlington Heights, IL. Hard work to say the least! Bowling was at it’s prime…and the business was a huge success. As a young girl…I would go the Bowling Alley every Saturday with my brother. […]

Posted on: July 15, 2015

Capturing the Essence of Each

I always loved this picture of my daughter and her sweet grandma.  It seemed to capture each of their personalities.  My daughter always curious and taking in the world around her, and grandma lovingly watching over her.  Even though she’s now driving and planning for college, grandma is still there watching her grow.

Posted on: June 7, 2015

Long Row

A friend of mine will soon move to a new house and has been consumed with the process of packing for quite some time. He lamented the fact that no matter how much he gets done he continues to see piles and stacks and shelves full of things yet to be boxed. Adding to the […]

Submitted by Stuart M. Perkins

Posted on: May 28, 2015

Grandma and Grandpa’s House of Memories

My mother was the oldest of 12 – so she wasn’t just my mom, she also helped mother her younger siblings, so we were at grandma and grandpa’s house nearly every week. That house became a second home: a place to sit on grandpa’s lap and watch the Cubs (lose); a place that pipe smoke […]

Posted on: May 13, 2015

Great-Grandpa’s Hat

Back when my children were young, on special occasions we would go to a restaurant in Cary, Illinois called River Bend.  It had been there for years.  It was warm, friendly and when you walked in the door you got the feeling that time had stood still in that little restaurant. On one of those […]

Posted on: April 19, 2015

Foundation of the Old World

My grandparents left all they had in 1940 to immigrate to America from Poland.  They were such a big part of our family growing up.  We saw them often and would even go on vacations with them.  I will never forget the smell of my Grandma’s special bread she baked at our summer home almost […]

Posted on: April 3, 2015

3rd Generation Highchair

My husband, daughter and I recently went to visit my grandparents. While we were there, my grandfather brought out a highchair for my daughter to sit in. This was the very same highchair my brother and I sat in as babies, and the very same highchair my dad and his siblings used when they were […]

Posted on: January 11, 2015

Fly Me to the Moon

Here’s a favorite photo of my grandparents, Howard and Dorothy Uhlir. They were wonderful grandparents. Each had their own unique way of relating to us. My grandfather was usually trying to make us better people through advice and coaching. He would pay us for good grades and taught us that “Fools names and fools faces […]

Posted on: October 17, 2014

Absorb Every Moment You Can

I deeply valued and cherished the time I got to spend with my grandmother while she was alive. The personal moments we’d spend just laughing and learning from each other cannot be duplicated. There was — and still is — something SO grand about the times when generations of friends and families come together. Whether […]

Posted on: March 5, 2014

A Precious Gift

I missed out myself.  Three of my grandparents were gone before I was born.  The fourth had so many grandchildren and great grandchildren by the time I came along, she had a hard time keeping us all straight. So I really didn’t understand the depth of the grandparent/grandchild relationship until I met my husband.  His […]

Posted on: February 15, 2014

He Was My Best Friend

My grandfather was the greatest man I know. He wasn’t just my grandfather; he was my best friend. I know he loved all of his grandchildren very much, but from the beginning he and I had an extremely close bond that I will never forget. He always had a way of making a bad day […]

Posted on: February 1, 2014

Sharing Memories to Celebrate 100th Birthday

Every year on Veteran’s Day, I call Pop Pop with the kids and put him on speaker. Pop Pop shares the most incredible stories of WWII. His experiences are fascinating and a treasure to me and my children. When Pop Pop and Nana last came to visit New Jersey, it was June. We had saved […]