11 Reasons Grandparents Are the Best

11 Reasons Grandparents Are the Best

They love you unconditionally and tell the best stories about your parents.

Grandparents. They hold a special place in grandkid's hearts. There's a special relationship between a grandchild and their grandparents that can't really be described, but it's a relationship I couldn't imagine my life without. My grandparents mean the world to me and will forever remain as one of the most beautiful and influential relationships in my life.

1. They have the COOLEST stories.

Listening to my grandpa's hilarious teenage stories and my grandma's sweet stories of their first few dates and how they met never gets old. There's nothing as great as learning about your grandparent's lives while they were growing up and realizing that they were kids, just like you.

2. They always feed you the best food.

I always look forward to hanging out with my grandparents because I know that means I'll be eating some dang good food pretty soon! Plus, when I was younger and my parents said no to dessert, grandma's cookies always came to the rescue.

3. They can always make you laugh.

My grandparents are huge goofballs and they have the best sense of humor. And although I may be a tad bit biased, no one can make me laugh as hard as my grandparents do!

4. They give you the best blackmail stories about your parents.

Of course we would never actually use these stories as blackmail, but we love to know that our parents messed up when they were our age too! Our parents are always right and we respect them, but laughing at their stories when they were younger is always a perk.

5. They give you the best advice.

I don't know what it is about grandparent's advice but somehow, they always know what to do and say. Leave it to my grandparents to be so wise and influential in my life decisions.

6. Your childhood memories with them never fade, no matter what.

Your memories with your grandparents are some of the most prominent memories from your childhood and recalling those memories always make you smile. There's so many memories to choose from, but I will always remember putting my grandpa's (basically non-existent) hair into small rollers and him letting me pretend to do his makeup. What a trooper.

7. They've restored our faith in soul mates.

Listening to the way my grandparents talk about one another has always made me long for a beautiful and Godly relationship like their's. My grandpa passed away 11 years ago, but my grandma still speaks of him with the fondest tone of voice and with so much love and respect for the man he was.

8. They're hugs are the most comforting and warmest hugs in the world.

The highlight of my day is getting a hug from my grandparents, there's nothing like them.

9. They're always so proud of you.

It's one of our biggest goals in life to make our grandparents proud, but no matter what we accomplish, they always are. We will always strive to accomplish great things in our academic, career and social life so we can share those triumphs with them, but even if we just learn how to make a new pasta dish, our grandparents are proud of us.

10. There's nothing like the bond between a grandparent and their grandchild. It's incomparable.

I am so close to my grandparents and I couldn't imagine having it any other way. They're some of the first people I want to share my good and bad days with because I know they'll be there to support me no matter what. Picturing ever having a relationship like ours with anyone else is pretty much impossible, and I'm totally ok with that.

11.Best of all, they love you unconditionally.

And we love them unconditionally too.

Cover Image Credit: Jessica Hurst Photography

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The Thank You My Dad Deserves

While our moms are always the heroes, our dads deserve some credit, too.

Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.

Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

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