Call your Grandparents, if they are still around, and get to know them.
I know that I relish the fact that I have gotten to know my Grandfather. Still not as well as I could, but pretty well, I think. It is amazing to hear what life was like when he was my age. It is amazing to hear what marriage was like when he first got married.
I think it is a shame that the family unit has become so spread out over the years. I look at some of the old pictures taken of my family from the forties, and know that, except for family reunions, this would not happen now. Even holidays have become less about family, and more about friends.
I know that I think of the inconvenience of driving to a relativeâ€™s house on a holiday, and eating way too much in a cramped dining room, or kitchen, or living room, as space permits. But these are really what memories are made of; and, if nothing else, the only time you are going to see your non-immediate family for the next six months.
So, after you finish calling you Grandparents, call you Aunts and Uncles. Or a cousin.