This is such a good question. I'm encouraged to see the comments here because it seems I'm not the only Grand who cannot come up with a definition to why grand-parenting is so utterly fulfilling. I was sharing about this very thing during a recent meeting with some cousins I don't see very often. One of them said "Being a grandparent is something I've always been waiting for but did not know I was until it happened." I thought that was such a fitting expression.
Grandkids are so accepting and full of unconditional love. I suppose that's what makes me happiest!!
I only have one and will have no more. He's 2 1/2 and last week he spent the night with me and the next day at a family gathering. I adore him and our special alone time together like that. When they were leaving he cried and cried for me to go home with him. Even though it broke my heart he was upset, I was so touched by the whole thing I had to cry myself, when they got out the door. My son said he was upset all the way home. And twice during the next week he had his parents to call his Gramma. And in his very limited vocabulary the message was clear "Mere Gramma, my house".