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Grandparents are like shady trees that has an ever welcoming attitude towards life. They are always there to offer their cool shade to the next generation. It seems that they have all the love, affection and warmth in the world stored within them. The unconditional warmth and infinite love create a special bond between the two generations. More than the parents, grandparents feel the pain when the child gets hurt or starts crying. Not to undermine the fact that grandparents look like the happiest individuals on this world, when they spend time with their grandchildren.
Today, the task of raising the children is not restricted to the parents. The fact of the matter is that millions of grandchildren around the world are raised solely by their grandparents. In some unfortunate cases, parents do not shy away from abandoning their responsibilities, however, grandparents showcase their lion�s heart and they take up the responsibility of raising the kids, being completely aware of the fact that this emerging responsibility can take a toll on their health.
As a child grows up, he/she will encounter dozens of teachers, but there cannot be any replacement for grandparents. Grandparents have a goldmine store of knowledge. Not all grandparents may possess bookish knowledge, but they have a wealth of real life experiences and information to share, which is not taught in any of the schools out there. The best part is that you will always see that million dollar smile running down their cheeks as soon as they see their grandchildren. More than often, they see their own reflection in their grandchildren, and despite growing age acting against them, they leave no stone unturned to see happiness in their kid�s life.
Some of the grandparents have all the time in the world to devote towards their grandchildren. Some parents make use of this opportunity and leave their child at the care of the grandparents. In this manner, they are able to generate more revenue for the family to lead a better life. They serve as a great link between the past, present and the future. They introduce their kids to the past traditions, get involved with them in the present and help them shape their future.
Today, children often look up to their grandparents for suggestions, since they know that grandparents have seen and faced the real world inside-out. Being the most experienced candidates in the family, they are also entrusted with the responsibility of keeping the family together. Grandparents and kids are seen as best pals. Kids often reveal secrets and problems about their life to their grandparents, and the latter offers them valuable advice on how to deal with the situation. In this manner, grandparents make sure that the kids do not cross the boundaries by their actions.
Goes without saying, grandparents are very important in our lives, when it comes to imbibing great values in our kids. Kids may not listen to their parents, but they will pay heed to what the old grandma or grandpa has to say. After all, getting advices from the roots of the family tree (grandparents) will ensure that the fruits (children) are sweet, worthy and lovable.
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To some people, having a pair of octogenarians be your best friends at the mere age of 23 might be strange. In my world, I wouldn't have it any other way.
Coming from a close-knit Italian family, there's not exactly such a thing as privacy from parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. It was never uncommon to hear about someone's infected bunion at the dinner table or have an animated discussion about another person's failed marriage at birthday brunch. This no-holds-barred sort of dirty laundry chatter was -- and is -- routine. It's not what works for every family but it's what makes mine unique, to say the least, and it's why I have a very special relationship with my grandparents in particular.
My grandma is the quintessential matriarch of my family: bold, brazen, and unfailingly loving. She says anything she wants and is wholly unapologetic about who she is. My grandpa has beaten cancer, been in the army, and had open heart surgery twice -- the man is part bionic, I'm convinced. Though the years have softened his disposition -- as my mother won't let me forget -- the man I call my grandpa is an incredible storyteller, a sage relationship advisor, and the best breakfast companion one could ask for (seriously, the enjoyment the man gets from eating real eggs is a sight to see). These two people, so far from me in age but forever bound to me by genetics, are my best friends.
They weren't always my best friends. It wasn't until I was looking for a job and spent a few months out of work that I really bonded with my mother's parents. My grandparents provided the solace I so needed from the stress. Whether it was during little trips to get lunch or the afternoons when I brought over coffee and doughnuts, they distracted me from the misery of my own life and regaled me with tales of their long lives before me. They never hesitated to lend an ear or break out a pack of Oreos and some whipped cream when times got tough. The latter proved particularly helpful when they were there for me, yet again, after a bad breakup. They provided that unconditional affection and comfort that only grandparents can give.
And, in truth, my grandparents are not my best friends because they're my consistent champions. They're my best friends because they understand me in the way that I don't really understand me yet. They've known me since before I could form words and they know all facets of what has made me who I am. While my parents also know me in that vein, there is still a slight divide. My grandparents have lived more life than double what I've lived and, though much has changed since the days of their youth, they understand how hard it is to come into your own. They understand from a removed enough position that they're not pushing like a parent but rather, supportive like an observer. And let's face it: I'm much more likely to rebel against my parents than grandma and grandpa, it's just in my nature (sorry mom and dad, love ya!).
Having my grandparents be such major fixtures in my life is not something I take for granted -- it's why I'm writing here. I'm very lucky to have them, to know them, and have them know me. I wish everyone the love I have for my grandparents and if you can't have it with your own, then I wish you to have it with your grandchildren one day. Friends your own age are overrated anyway.
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