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Jenna Bush Hager follows in grandmother's footsteps with sweet summer tradition

The long, sunny days are winding down, but there's still time to make memories that matter — like Jenna and her family did on their summer vacation.
/ Source: TODAY

The summer will soon be over, but before saying goodbye to the season, TODAY's Jenna Bush Hager has reminded us how important it is to make memories that will live on long after the temperatures drop.

Jenna shared her most moving recent memory Friday morning — a simple one that allowed her to take a stroll with her grandfather and follow in her late grandmother's footsteps at the same time.

"My very favorite (moment) was this," she said, sharing a photo of her and twin sister Barbara alongside their "Poppy," former President George H.W. Bush.

"This was with my grandpa," she said of the shot, which was taken during a trip to the Bush compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. "He is 94, and he is beloved."

But she added that this has been "a little bit of a difficult summer" for their family, and it's easy to understand why. In April, her equally beloved grandmother, Barbara Bush, passed away at the age of 92.

"Maine is a place where there was definitely an empty seat at the table," Jenna explained. "We missed her."

And yet, they found a way to include her.

"So this was a tradition that I think my grandmother started, where we walk after dinner," Jenna said, referring again to the photo with her grandfather. "He obviously no longer walks, but we pushed him — and we did something we did all those years with her. And it was pretty special."

It turned out to be a beautiful way to cap off the season — keep old memories alive and create new ones.

"It meant a lot to us," Jenna added. "Summer's a special time."

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