1. THEY CAN COOK.
I don’t know how or why, but it seems to be a rule that any adult that becomes a grandparent has tons of good recipes they can whip up. They can make just about EVERYTHING, from Thanksgiving dinner to desserts, popular drink choices, biscuits, etc. You name it, they can usually cook it.
And they rarely ever have to use things like measuring cups to figure out the right amounts of ingredients to put in. Somehow, they just know – but regardless, it still comes out tasting like heaven!
2. THEY’RE NICER THAN YOUR PARENTS.
Let’s face it: if you’re a kid, there comes a point where your parents just seem plain ol’ MEAN. They’re always yelling at you to clean up your room, or to stop yelling inside the house… and yet, your grandparents don’t seem to do any of that.
In fact, it feels like they let you get away with just about anything! You could be jumping up and down on the bed while body-slamming your brother into the sheets, and grandma and granddad will be right there laughing along side you! They let you stay up a little bit later, eat a bit more junk food, and play around more than your “stern” parents do!
3. THEY GIVE YOU A MUCH NEEDED PARENTING BREAK.
And if you’re an adult, your kids’ grandparents – i.e. your mom and dad – are great babysitters to have on call whenever you need a break from your rugrats. You trust them because… well, they raised you, and you’re still alive and (relatively) unscathed, right? And rarely do you have to bribe them to watch after their own grand kids – the “love” factor is already built in, and since they’ve already been through the parenting phase they usually understand the importance of needing time away from your kids.
4. THEY HAVE PRETTY COOL STORIES TO TELL.
Most kids will hear their grandparents tell stories and… well, be bored out of their minds. However, every so often they’ll be told a story about something that’s actually pretty cool – and surprising. For me, anytime my grandparents would tell me some story that involved them doing things I wouldn’t imagine an old person doing (even though they weren’t old when they did it) got me interested.
For example: my Mom’s dad used to work at a car factory. One time, while he was fixing up a car, the chains broke and the car landed right on his foot. However, he didn’t feel any pain from it until hours later, after he had been in the hospital for sometime. Can you imagine a car landing on you and NOT screaming right away?? Pretty cool story, huh?
5. IF YOU LISTEN, THEY’LL GIVE YOU VALUABLE LESSONS YOU CAN APPLY TO YOUR LIFE.
They’ve lived a long life and have had many experiences, so you have much to gain from listening to them. Yes, they may talk slower than you care to listen to, and yes, they may seem out of touch with lessons that, at first, don’t seem to connect with today’s world…
But if you take the time to listen and let the things they’re telling you simmer, you’ll find that much of what they’re trying to teach you is true and relevant. Even something as simple as telling you to be nice to your neighbor, or to go after what you want, can have much more meaning coming from people who are old enough to know how important what they’re telling you really is.
Ah, Grandparents… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!
– Aaron P. Taylor