- Family and Parenting
Grandfathers are Grand
I remember well both of my grandfathers, and have fond memories of them. One passed away when I was 17 years old, and the other died after I was married and had my own children. I feel fortunate to have known my grandfathers, since I know that many do not get that opportunity.
Since my father is still living, he has enjoyed getting to know his grandchildren as well as his great grandchildren. He is so thoughtful and tries hard to remember each and every one of his descendents birthdays and tries to attend as many of their activities as is possible. He is a great Grandpa.
Grandfathers are made in heaven, born fully formed with the birth of their first grandchild. They are the perfect babysitters, storytellers, playmates, and putters-to-bed. Their role is pure delight. - Ruth Goode
Nothing makes a child smarter than being a grandchild. - Anonymous
Being a dad, with its responsibilities and chores, has made me appreciate how much I have in common with the little grandchildren, afternoon naps, ice cream cones, Disney movies, early bedtimes. What a wonderful world! - Bil Keane
Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children. - Alex Haley
When I was young, my grandfather and I used to walk around his farm. I tried desperately to step exactly into his footprints. Now, twenty years later, I still try to follow those footsteps. They're just different now -- they are integrity, wisdom, and love. - Lisa Gorman
Wow! Are grandchildren great! Spoil them rotten - give them back - and laugh and laugh. Revenge is sweet. - Aris Painter
Dearer than our children are the children of our children. - Egyptian Proverb
Without doing anything spectacular, you are given your place in the great river of love that rushes underground through the generations and nourishes them. And newborn children seem to know this in some mysterious way. They love you for nothing. They run and jump into your arms; then can be comforted and fall asleep clutching your finger or nestled against you. The aesthetic perfection of their tiny bodies is an endless consolation. Your own grey hair or crinkly arms disappear when you gaze on their shining locks and smooth skin. They give you reality. They show you the meaning of life by tumbling you into that river of love. - Betsy Blair
I don't go along with all this talk of a generation gap. We're all contemporaries. There is only a difference in memories, that's all. - W. H. Auden
And middle age ends.
The day your descendents
Outnumber your friends.
- Ogden Nash
I was watching the Super Bowl with my ninety-two-year-old grandfather, and our team scored a touchdown. When they showed the instant replay, he thought they scored another one. I was going to tell him, but I figured the game he was watching was better. - Steven Wright
If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old. - James A. Garfield
We are all happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage. - Winston Churchill
Don't stop growing as an individual. Being a grandparent is a new stage of life - not the final one. - Cecil B. Murphy
Learning and love go hand in hand. My grandfather was one of those people who loved to live and loved to teach. Every time I was with him, he'd show me something about the world or something about myself that I hadn't even thought of yet. He'd help me find something wonderful in the smallest of things, and ever so carefully, he helped me understand the enormous worth of every human being. - Fred Rogers
Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers. - Lewis Mumford
It's one of nature's ways that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us. - Igor Stravinsky