Family Traditions - Something New

Friday, October 11, 2013


A few Fridays ago I had a GREAT idea. Let's talk about family traditions - the routines, the big things, the small things, that make our families unique. The glue.

Then I totally forgot about it. Whoops.

No time like the present to hop back on track. A relatively new bit of glue in our family is Jim's wine-making. What makes this a family tradition is the way his hobby has broadened all our horizons. Our family now has a tradition of trying new things.

You see, a little over one year ago, Jim decided to pick grapes (by himself) from some family land, and make wine. He just . . . decided. He googled it, read books, watched some YouTube videos, and plain old taught himself how to make wine. 

I would never in a million years do such a thing. 

But, Jim. He's not afraid to try something new, and I love that about him. I love that he's teaching our boys to be curious. Thomas Jefferson's quote, "No sprig of grass grows uninteresting to me," could be Jim's. 

So it was not a surprise (to me) when Jim's first batch of wine turned out to be quite tasty. No surprise when he decided to enter it into the South Carolina State Fair, either. 

We dropped it off as a family last weekend. I love that our boys think that is normal now. That you make something, you enter it into the State Fair. Normal. Totally accessible and real to them. (Here is where you must understand that I am a Midwestern girl and State Fairs are a big, wholesome, 4-H, Charlotte's Web, Americana symbol in my world.)

So it was a pretty big deal when the news came back that Jim's white wine placed 2nd and his red was 3rd. Not bad for a self-taught first timer! And pretty exciting for the family who has been watching (and stomping) all this time.

Pick something interesting to you, learn about it, and do something with it - I hope that's a lesson, a family tradition, we can keep. 
Has your family ever done something different or adventurous? 
Ever entered something in the State Fair?

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2 Responses to “Family Traditions - Something New”

  1. Yay! Congrats on a new activity for the boys to be a part of! I love the comment that your boys now think its totally normal to whip up some wine, enter in State Fair and ya know, just win the thing! Rowland and Otto think its totally normal to go out in the boat at dusk, make bait balls, take turns throwing the cast net and then come home to all sit around the cooler popping shrimp heads! They are 5 and 7, better shrimpers, fisherboys and crabbers than most grown men I know. They LOVE being a part of their Dads favorite hobby and I too love what they are learning as they watch Dad enjoy something so much! We should get together, I'll share some of our bounty of the sea, you share some of that yummy wine?!?!?!

  2. Awesome! We're going to the fair this weekend, so I'll be on the lookout. :)