I have so many great memories of my grandparents at the beach. They were always at our annual seaside family reunions—in 15 years, not once were they absent. And they were your typical loving grandparents: always telling stories about when they were growing up, always spoiling all of us grandkids. They were awesome.
They’re not around anymore, and for a while the yearly family reunions stopped. Luckily, in the last few years, we’ve started the tradition again, and I’m making a point to capture those special moments between my kids and their grandparents. And the Alabama Gulf Coast has lots of opportunities for this. I have video footage and photographs of my parents playing with my kids on the beach, building sandcastles, fishing off of the pier, flying kites, and exploring the history at Fort Morgan. We even had a family portrait made on the beach by The Picture Man. Our meetups in Gulf Shores are one of the few times we get to see my parents, so we really try to make the most of our time there (lots to do there—check out www.thebeachiscalling.org).
My kids have lots of fun with their grandparents now, and I know one day they’ll appreciate being able to look back on the memories.