Top Ten Best Things About Grandparents

I lost my grandfather a few weeks ago, so this is obviously very personal for me. However, I have no doubt that others will wish to share their own experiences.
The Top Ten
1 They influence you

My grandfather helped make me the person I am and will continue to develop into. A love of nature, a sense of humour, a fascination with history, and an appreciation for music are only a few things he instilled in me.

Both of my grandparents were so loving, caring, and just about anything else I can think of. My grandfather died when he was 86. But, of course, I still have grandma attached to my heart no matter what

I remember my grandpa used to give me mini art lessons. I can only imagine how early I discovered I loved it.

2 They love you

Chances are, if they've already raised your parents, they'll be more than happy to help raise you. They see not only themselves in you, but also the other traits that make you different and unique.

Yes. That is definitely true. And I can agree with PetSounds on one thing... if your grandparents have already raised your parents, they would probably be more than happy to raise you

I love my grandparents, but I do have to remind myself this a lot because they tend to show their love in...different ways.

3 They're wise

While age does not necessarily make someone more wise than you, it certainly means they have more life experience. Listen--you'll learn.

4 They've seen the world change

My grandparents grew up during the Great Depression and WW2. My Grandpa even nearly fight in Korea. They got married and had my uncle during the Cuban Missile Crisis

My grandparents were all born before Germany invaded Poland. Think about the history they've experienced.

Mines had lived during WW2 and both of my grandfathers had actually fought during the war.

5 They're like another set of parents

My grandparents are amazing people. They'll always look out for you. I love them, and I know they love me back.

My friend was adopted by her grandparents after her parents were drug addicts.

6 They're patient
7 They're old-fashioned

I like this especially. They usually aren't caught up in things like technology, and it's nice just sitting down and playing checkers with them.

I have fond memories of playing Chinese checkers and cribbage with them.

8 They're generous

My grandparents never skimped (and those still living still don't) where their grandchildren were concerned. They've given me so many gifts, both tangible and intangible.

My grandparents are very generous.

9 They let you be yourself

I can relate to this. It's a good thing that grandparents don't care about being too judgmental no matter what you have to share (whether being good or bad). They listen to what you have to say.

My grandfather and I didn't have much in common, but he often told me I was a fascinating individual. I wish there was a way I could've told him the same thing before he passed away.

Because the generational gap between you and them is so great, they know you're growing up differently. But they never try to force you to be like them.

10 They're quirky

About three months before he died, my 84-year-old grandfather became obsessed with Gatorade. He drank a bottle every day, and orange was his favourite.

Even though I'm an athlete, I hate the stuff.

My grandma loved to know about our family history. She was also obsessed with Native Americans and painting. I remember when she first got a Facebook account.

The Contenders
11 They are mature
12 They give you a couple of bucks

I love the money they give me. 5 bucks could get me 250 candies. This is with 1 set of patents so I'll vote something else with my other set.

13 They aren't as overprotective as your parents

Well, my maternal grandparents are pretty overprotective. They say me and my brother should never ever eat a pizza or chocolate or any junk food ever, even if we just eat one piece. And they think that anything that is not studying or exercising is a waste of time. My paternal grandparents are more supportive of us eating them, and even give us candy.

For sure they make us to explore more and fell in love with oneself and build self confidence

14 They love you more than your parents
15 They like to have a good time as much as you do
16 They spoil you
17 They are nice
18 They keep your secrets
19 They protect you from your parents
20 They make better food than your parents
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