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Grandfathers are Grand

Updated on June 11, 2016
My father with one of his great-grandchildren
My father with one of his great-grandchildren


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.

Dad sharing some of his home grown vegetables with a great granddaughter.
Dad sharing some of his home grown vegetables with a great granddaughter.


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

Dad and his sister when they were little children.
Dad and his sister when they were little children.


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

My father and his grandparents.
My father and his grandparents.

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

My Dad with a couple of my children
My Dad with a couple of my children


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


Senescence begins
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


Dad with his great grandchildren in Hawaii
Dad with his great grandchildren in Hawaii

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

My Grandfather Anderson
My Grandfather Anderson

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

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    Elayne 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    So glad to help Camping with Kids. Thanks for your positive feedback. Good luck with your writing.

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    GA Andereson (Gus) 5 years ago from Maryland, USA

    I enjoyed your grandfathers hub, I was browsing "grandfather" hubs with HP search because I am writing some of my own "grandfather" memories and wanted to compare notes. Found quite a few gems in yours, thanks

    GA

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I do not know so much about the Rapture - I believe in the Atonement. Can you fill me in on the rapture please.

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    peacegirl101 6 years ago

    Thats great, elayne! Yes, So many people dont believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, sadly its true. I'm so glad i worship the one and only God, and i believe there is Heavan and I will go there when my time comes ( which wont be for a LONG time :) ). Do you belive in the Rapture? thanks, aloha.

    ~peace

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Yes, I do, but I have spent quite a bit of time in the forums and find there are many that do not. It is their choice and they have their freedoms to think how they will, but can't imagine my life without it.

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    peacegirl101 6 years ago

    Oh that's too bad....Do you believe in God and Heaven, elayne?

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you believe in Heaven peacegirl101. So many here on HP do not - at least I have found a few that don't believe in God or life after death.

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    peacegirl101 6 years ago

    Thanks, elayne. you're right. I will see them in Heaven.

    aloha!

    ~peace

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Sorry you never met your grandfathers peacegirl101. At least you can look forward to meeting them in the next life.

    @LillyGrillzit - Glad that you enjoyed the hubs on grandfathers. I appreciate your comments.

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    Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

    Thank you for sharing the Respectful and honoring Hub! I loved the pictures and the beautiful Story/Hub. Thanks!

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    peacegirl101 6 years ago

    You're welcome, elayne. You are very blessed to have known your grandfathers. I have never met my grandfathers, they passed away before I was even born.

    Blessings,

    ~peace

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks coffeesnob - that is great - your grandchildren are very lucky and I am sure it will benefit all concerned. Grandparents can definitely make positive impressions on their grandchildren.

    Thanks peacegirl101 - glad you enjoyed it - my Dad is a wonderful person - lucky to have him in my life.

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    peacegirl101 6 years ago

    Wonderful hub and wonderful Grandfather, Elayne! =D

    Thanks for sharing beautiful memories.

    ~peace

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    coffeesnob 6 years ago

    I am the youngest of four children whose ages span across 16 years. So by the time I could remember anything both my grandparents were dead. But one grandmother remarried and Grandpa Joe was there. I don't have a lot of memories of him before he died, but I do have some and they are memories ingrained within me. Grandparents are special I feel, and with having four grandchildren I make it a point to make memories with them..it is so worth it!

    CS

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I also have to watch my mouth around my grandchildren - they pick up on everything don't they. Thanks for commenting SteveoMc

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    SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

    Lovely sentiments. I should mention that my granddaughter has taught me how to control my bad language and reminds me constantly. I would never have changed for anyone else.

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Good to know grandfathers still have such special places in everyone's hearts. We need to cherish our association with our grandparents as long as we can and learn from them.

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    Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    My mothers father died when she was young. Grandmother remarried to the widower of her sister. Thus my grandfather was always called Uncle Will. I was very young when my fathers father died. I sort of knew both of them but never very well since we did not live near them.

    Now I have grandchildren from 18 years on down.We also see little o them because of schedule and distance.

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    LianaK 6 years ago

    Love all my grandpas. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub. I was privileged to know and love both my grandfathers and one of my great grandfather's--that is indeed rare. Thank you for the beautiful quotes! I am sure they will come in handy. Beautiful job!

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    Wife Who Saves 6 years ago

    A beautiful hub! I have fond memories of my grandfather taking me for morning hikes down to the creek, going for pony rides in the park, and teaching me to play ball. My grandparents passed away in the 1980s but their memories are still cherished today.

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    shambalash 6 years ago

    Thank you for such a sweet hub and nice photos! Vote up!

    It made me remember my own grandfather (unfortunately I got to know only one of my grandfathers) and think about the absence of the renowned generation gap between grandfathers and their grandchildren.

    Perhaps, the older we grow, the closer we are to children in our view of life and sharing the same values? Actually mutual understanding is boosted by sharing values.

    Another thought is that we should watch our parents treating our children and recollect the way our grandparents treated us - and try to implement these practices.

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I totally agree. That is great that you have something to remind you of your grandfather. Thanks for commenting.

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    Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Grandparents give us unconditional love. Though I only remember and knew one grandmother well, there are photographs with my grandfather's writing on the back addressing me and I treasure them. They are just as precious to us ans we are to them! Great Hub!

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I appreciate all your comments - just got online and was happy to hear about your experiences. Grandparents are a gift we should never take for granted.

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    Uma07 6 years ago

    I lost my grandparents on both sides.Its a blessing if you could spend time with them.The photographs are priceless treasures.Wonderful hub!

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    Jill Kostowskie 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

    I was blessed with being able to grow up with 2 grandfathers, and 1 great-grandfather. They are no longer with us now but my memories will always be in my heart!!! Beautiful Hub, thank you!!

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    Shil1978 6 years ago

    Nice hub Elayne - thank you!! I don't remember one of my grandfathers, as I was too young when he died. However, I do remember my maternal grandfather and it was a huge shock when he passed away.

    I hadn't visited him in a while and so felt as if I didn't get to say final goodbyes. I have very fond memories of him - grandfathers and grandmothers are precious!! They teach you so much - they are treasure troves of unique wisdom.

    I am glad I got to know the love of a grandmother and grandfather. The only thing I regret is that my grandfather wasn't around to see his grandchild!!

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    breakfastpop 6 years ago

    I never knew my grandfathers and I feel the loss everyday.

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    Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

    My granfather lived to see his great-great grandchild...I had a long and meaningful relationship with both of my grandfathers,thank you elayne;)

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    Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

    I have great memories of my grandfather and yes, I got from him what I am wasn't allowed otherwise. I think it is lovely and being spoiled by them doesn't do any harm.

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