How Children Perceive Their Grandparents


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Terry and I have been abundantly blessed with two wonderful grandchildren, both of whom are already young adults, out on their own, gainfully employed, residing within three hours of our home. We love being together, which now happens much less frequently than we’d like.

In my file of future Perspectives topics, this one popped out at me today. I hope you’ll enjoy How Children Perceive Their Grandparents, dedicated to our grandchildren Kolby and Kayla.

  • She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she’d done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, “But Gramma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!” I’ll probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye. 
  • My young grandson called to wish me happy birthday. He asked me how old I was. I told him 80. He was quiet for a moment, and then asked, “Did you start at 1?” 
  • After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with trembling voice, “Who was THAT?” 
  • A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like. “We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a tire swing hanging from a tree in our yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild berries in the woods.” The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!” 
  • My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, “Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?” I mentally polished my halo and said, “No, how are we alike?” “You’re both real old,” he replied. 
  • When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in. Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, “It’s no use, Grandpa. Now the mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights.”
  • When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, “I’m not sure.” “Look in your underwear, Grandpa,” he advised. “Mine says I’m 4 to 6.”
  • A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, “Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today.” The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. “That’s interesting,” she said, warily. “How do you make babies?” It’s easy,” replied the girl. “You just change ‘y’ to ‘i’ and add ‘es’.”
  • A 6-year-old was asked where his grandma lived. “Oh,” he said, “she lives at the airport, and when we want her, we just go get her. Then, when we’re done having her visit, we take her back to the airport.”
  • Grandpa is the smartest man on earth! He teaches me good things, but I don’t get to see him enough to get as smart as he is!

As is true for many of you, all four of my grandparents are already in heaven. Though they always lived hundreds of miles away from us, Mom and Dad as often as possible took us four children to see them at Christmas time and during the summer.

It was a blessing to know my grandparents, genuine gifts of God! And for the past 25 years I have been richly blessed to be one! BTW, my Terry is an awesome Mimi!

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