As I was cutting out number (seven!!) cookies earlier this week, I was thinking about just how many times I will do this in the coming years.

And then, of course, my thoughts immediately went to Gramma Great. She’s made number cookies for each of her grandchildren through their first 25 years.

Once we turned 10, we received shapes through our 24th birthdays. Then, in one of the best birthday surprises I’ve ever received, I opened a package of twos and fives on my 25th–a perfect way to cap the tradition.

With five grandchildren and a quarter-century commitment for each, she will have made 125 batches of birthday cookies. It makes my sum total of 11 to date seem pretty manageable.

I wish I could put into words how grateful I am for Gramma Great (not to mention Grampa). We are so fortunate to have such wonderful traditions to carry forward, and to celebrate yet another birthday with them this coming weekend. I can’t wait for everyone to arrive!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Karyl on March 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    She is very special, indeed, as is the tradition! I also look forward to having some cookies, as they are really tasty as well! Thank you, Grandma Great!

  2. […] The thing about making number cookies is that it’s a task that provides plenty of opportunity for contemplation and reflection. Nostalgia drives the process, after all. […]

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