So, tonight at my grandparents’ house, after we finally finish gorging ourself on Chow Mein and apple dumplins, my dear old grandfather whips out some ancient home movies. Back in those days there was no sound, so my grandma makes the decision that “Hey, Kenny Rodgers is a worthy alternative to dialogue, let’s pop in a CD and put it on eternal repeat!” So we watch for, I don’t know, an hour and a half of some frankly excellent cinematography, all the while easy listening blasting out of the hi-fi. And so we relived my mother and aunt’s childhood through silent movies, watching not only their first steps but their first 5 or so Christmases and birthdays. It’s so strange to see how your parents/grandparents looked back in the day when they were your age or younger. I for one have always found it difficult, if nigh on impossible, to picture them as twentysomethings or - godforbid - teenagers!! So just take the time to have a good time with your family this Veteran’s Day weekend and let them know how much you appreciate them.