I have written about my love for my grandparents several times before, in particular in my Travelling Back In Time post, where I showed some beautiful photographs of my grandparents from their youth. It got me to thinking, what is it that makes my grandparents so special? I have many personal reasons, and then it got me to thinking that grandparents, in general, are extra special. There are so many reasons why they are the most valuable family members on earth, and I ended up writing a brief list of things that I love personally about my grandparents, and things which make grandparents amazing in general. So here are 15 reasons why they are a gift from God:
- Grandparents tell amazing stories: from being a child and sitting on your grandparents laps, listening to fairytales and fictional fables to being an adult, and hearing stories from your youth or theirs: grandparents are the best storytellers. I personally love reflecting with my Nana about memories from my childhood: trips to the seaside, to Fairhaven Lake, even down to just the rainy afternoons we would spend together watching my favourite childhood films.
- Grandparents are always happy to see you: grandparents are always happy to see you! There is nothing greater than the love that you feel from your grandparents, they are always happy when you pay a visit. From visiting as a child and being given all the treats you could possibly think of, to popping home from university now at 21 years old and having a home-cooked meal waiting on the table, there is nothing greater than the welcoming I always get from my Nana and Grandad.
- Your grandma’s home-cooked food: speaking of treats and home-cooked meals, there is nothing better than your grandma’s cooking/baking. My nana is personally the best cook that I know, there is nothing that she puts in front of me that I won’t eat, she’s the best.
- Grandparents don’t sugar coat anything: when you need someone to bring you back down to earth, to keep your feet on the ground and to be stern with you when you’re in difficult times, you can always rely on your grandparents. My Nana in particular, will not wrap me in cotton wool, if I need a stern ‘talking-to’ she’s the first one to give it to me, and this has always been a positive thing, it’s kept me grounded and helped me get where I am today!
- Tough love: this point ties in with the previous, but if you’re wrong: they’ll tell you. If you’ve made a mistake: they’ll tell you. My Nana is the first to correct me when I’m in the wrong, and she’s the first to tell me when I need to apologise. Yet another way that grandparents keep your feet on the ground!
- Grandparents always back your corner: having said this, grandparents are always on your side. They are always the first ones to back you up, and the first ones to defend your corner in times of need. My grandparents in particular are always on my side, I can always rely on them to be behind me 100% no matter the situation. There is nothing better than having grandparents who also double as best friends.
- Grandparents will never judge you: and whatever the situation, they won’t judge you. No matter what has happened, your grandparents will be there to work through the situation with you. My Nana is the one person on earth I know that I can tell anything to and I will always be 100 percent certain that not an ounce of judgement will cross her mind.
- Grandmothers are the best at keeping secrets: this one is particularly aimed at my Nana, she knows so many of my secrets, in fact she knows all of them, and she has never told anybody! Grandma’s are the best to confide in, they are the best secret keepers.
- Grandparents give the best advice: if you’ve got a problem, your grandparents will have a solution. This also ties in with my point about sugar coating – even if the solution is a difficult solution, they won’t sugar coat it, they’ll tell you outright! And they’ll support you. My Grandad springs to mind as I write this, he sugar coats nothing, and he’s the best at advising me on exactly what I need to do, or what the best thing to do would be.
- Grandparents are the best listeners: Grandparents are skilled at sitting and letting you rant your worries away. There have been so many times that I have sat with my Nana and cried about my problems, and all I’ve needed is for her to listen to me and instantly I feel better (a problem shared is a problem halved!).
- Grandparents keep you focused: I personally have worked really hard in my education, I’ve always had dreams of being multi-lingual, of travelling, and my grandparents have been behind me, pushing me every step of the way. Without them behind me I definitely wouldn’t have had the courage to move abroad, or even move up the road to university! There is nobody in the world who will keep you more focused than your grandparents.
- Grandparents have faith in you: simultaneously, your grandparents keep you focused because of the sheer amount of faith they have in you. Being someone who struggles with self confidence, without the confidence that my grandparents have in me, I don’t think I would be where I am today. There is nothing greater than making your grandparents proud, by proving their faith in you right.
- Grandparents give the best hugs: I feel like this point doesn’t need much elaboration, but there is nothing greater than a Grandad hug. Whether you’re sad, happy, or just in need of one: Grandad hugs fix everything.
- Grandparents are the most generous people on earth: I don’t mean this in terms of materialism, although my Nana and Grandad would give me the clothes off their backs if I needed them. I mean that grandparents are willing to give you whatever you need: time, advice, a shoulder to cry on. They are the most giving, generous people on earth.
- And finally, some of the best memories are created with your grandparents: when I think about the happiest times in my life, they are always those spent with my grandparents. From pottering in the garden with my Grandad, to making my Nana watch The Princess Diaries for the 100th time to the point where she can quote alongside Julie Andrews. From exchanging books and talking about our favourite fictional storylines with my Nana to having donut-eating competitions with my Grandad at the seaside (don’t ask, that’s a long story!). From my Grandad making me laugh til I have tears in my eyes, to always tackling the task of putting up the Christmas tree with my Nana every single year. My best memories are always centred around the two greatest people in the world: my grandparents!
Today is Mothers Day in the United Kingdom, and I’d just really like to wish my Nana a Happy Mothers Day, as she is the greatest grandmother, mother-figure and best friend I could wish for!
And, as I post this, on March 26th, I’d really like to dedicate this post to my great-grandad, my Bampa, who we sadly lost 4 years ago today. We still love and miss you always.