My niece celebrated her sixteenth birthday tonight. I honestly can’t believe how time flies. I thought the shock of my own daughter turning sixteen would fade and other birthdays wouldn’t affect me as much, but it keeps happening. I guess it will continue through my life and one day I will say (if I’m lucky enough to last that long), “Will you look at that! I have a 50 year old daughter and son and another.”
When I turned sixteen, my grandmother gave me a special gift. She gave one to her daughter, my mother, when she turned sixteen as well. I’m not sure how long the tradition has been going, but at least that long. My grandmother passed away 18 years ago but this tradition was probably the last thing that was on my mind. My sister, on the other hand, was put in a unique position to meet and marry her husband whose mother met and became my Grandma Myrtie’s best friend when her sister married Grandma Myrtie’s brother. My sister’s mother-in-law decided to carry on the tradition with her grandchildren and my sister decided to do it with our kids as well. She approached me when Adelle turned sixteen and helped me create one for her.
It is called a sweet sixteen. It is sixteen sugar cubes tied up in sixteen ribbons, all bound up together. My sister and her mother-in-law changed it a bit to personalize it a little more for each grandchild. They included charms and words written on the ribbons that served as wishes for the women as they entered their adult lives. They also started finding boxes to put them in and including the words type-written in the box. The other thing we started to include were the generational pictures we have. The last generation picture we took was a month before Grandma died when Adelle was only three. I wish I could find a picture of Adelle’s sweet sixteen, but I’m not even sure I took a picture of it. Below is the generation picture that was included in Adelle’s box.
Tonight, my sister gave my niece her sweet sixteen. It was a touching, tender moment and made me remember when I gave Adelle hers. I love that my sister is following in Grandma Myrtie’s footsteps and continuing this beautiful tradition. Below are the pictures of my niece’s sweet sixteen. The best they could do on a generation picture was to include pictures of both my grandmother and my niece’s grandmother and then they took a picture with my mom, my sister and my niece.
I think it turned out fabulously and know my niece will always cherish it.
This was also the cosplay party and I thought I would include pictures of all of us dressed up, or at least those of us who actually decided to dress up. I hope you enjoy the pictures. (I was Annie from League of Legends; Andru was Foxy from Five Nights at Freddie’s; Jaxon was a Dallas football player from Madden (pick a year); my niece was a demon hunter from Diablo III; my sister was… to be perfectly honest, I can’t remember. Some sort of seer or something from Diablo; and my brother was a party pooper and didn’t dress up). We had a blast and I especially loved the tradition and the fact that my sister has kept it going.
This was written for Stream of Consciousness Saturday. This week, Linda prompted us with the word “in”.