The joys of GDay
Not that I’m really needy and whiny and crave the attention of tiny young people who are blissfully unaware of all my flaws, but it’s worth noting that today is Grandparents Day across the United States.
While parents double-dip with Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June and then Parents’ Day in July, there’s only one day in the year for Grandparents, and it must be shared by both Gramps and Grammy. (Actually, I think I saw a National GILF day during my research, but this is a family blog and we’re not going there.)
Being a grandparent is one of the great joys in life, because it combines all the fun of having children with zero responsibility. Take them to the zoo, gorge them on cotton candy, buy them a puppy and then drop them off when they get cranky. If mom objects, remind her of that video with her singing on the toilet while she pooped.
(Disclaimer: I am supposed to note here that I do not actually have any videos of my daughters singing while they pooped. I do, however, have several that are even better.)
As grandparents go, I would describe myself as ridiculously greedy. I love spending time with the children and I make sure to file my requisition forms at least once a week. And why not? There are a ton of things that make grandchildren far, far superior to all other forms of people:
It’s important to reciprocate, of course. As a grandfather, I want my grandchildren to know there is always a person who is happy to see them, happy to play with them, happy to teach, happy to listen, and always, always, rooting for them. That’s not a tough investment on my part, and the returns are huge.
I know there will come a time when they're too cool for me, too engaged with their friends or their start-up businesses or their viral videos or whatever. Right now, though, we're still in the magic zone and it's time for me to fill out my requisition forms for next week’s visits.
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9/8/2019 11:18:00 am
Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece on the joys of being a grandparent! I’m expecting grandchild # 6 in January, ages 14 to newborn!
9/8/2019 11:27:47 pm
9/8/2019 11:12:01 pm
Great article about being a Grandparent. We just took McKenzie to her Cross Country race. She is 13 in November. We were walking down the sidewalk side by side. I looked over at her and smiled. She said “what?” I said, “ it is so funny to look over at you and see you eye to eye because you are the same height as me.” Each phase is different and still fun !
9/8/2019 11:28:49 pm
i have the same problem and my oldest is five. Sigh.
9/10/2019 12:12:38 am
LOVE LOVE LOVE this column!!!!
9/10/2019 06:02:43 pm
THANKS THANKS THANKS.
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