Following in Grandma Myrtie’s Footsteps

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.

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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.

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This was written for Stream of Consciousness Saturday. This week, Linda prompted us with the word “in”.

16 thoughts on “Following in Grandma Myrtie’s Footsteps

  1. I have never heard of giving sugar cubes for Sweet Sixteen. Is it a cultural tradition with you family? Or is it something unique to your family? I have heard of Sweet Sixteen parties. I have heard of Quniceanera which is a fifteenth birthday celebration.

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    • I’m not sure where it came from or how the tradition started. I was going to do more research before I posted, but it was late and I wanted to get a submission in for SoCS. Lol.

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  2. It was a great night. I wish I knew where the tradition started, I’m just glad that I’ve been able to keep it going. Thanks for making it such a wonderful evening.

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  3. I’m definitely nabbing this idea; I’ve got a little over five and a half years to figure it out, but it will be fun!

    Looks like an incredible time was had by all. That makes me smile. =D See?

    I’m so happy you decided to share this!

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    • Thank you, Shan! We had so much fun!

      You are more than welcome to use the idea. I think it’s such a special thing to give; I know Adelle loved hers, especially now that we’ve personalized them so much. When my Grandma made mine, it was really just ribbons and sugar cubes. Now, we use their favorite colors and add charms of their favorite things. We also decorate a box to store it in so it can be kept for many years. (I’m sad to say that I’m not sure I still have mine…)

      Anyway, if you want, I can ask my sister to give me more step-by-step directions, or if you think you can figure it out from the pictures, by all means go for it! You do have plenty of time – lucky you! 🙂

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      • I promise you, they will! I don’t know where the time has gone and now my baby is 11!

        I’ll send you what I can when I get it from my sister, but I think you will be find with the picture and the few details I provided, especially if you plan on adapting it to fit what you want. 😉


    • Thank you Linda. It’s a lovely tradition. I’m just happy my sister decided to keep it going. The costume party was so much fun! 😉


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