15 Reasons Your Grandpa Might Be The Greatest Person In Your Life

15 Reasons Your Grandpa Might Be The Greatest Person In Your Life

He loves you so much.

Grandpa. The goofy old guy who has been with you since you were born. Maybe he lives close or maybe he lives far. Maybe he's quiet and reserved or maybe he's a complete goofball. Maybe you see him all the time or maybe he's up there watching over you. No matter the circumstance, it is important to realize that he's probably one of the best people in your life.

1. He's hilarious

Nobody can make you laugh harder than grandpa. Whether it's a hot take on a sports game or a great story, he's always there to make you crack up.

2. He's smart (and knows more than you've ever known in your lifetime)

You think you know a lot... And then you talk to grandpa. I'm telling you, this man knows everything you know times a million.

3. He raised your mom or your dad well

You may have some pretty incredible parents... Well, guess who raised them? Your grandpa is half of the reason your parent is as amazing as they are... That deserves a lot of credit and appreciation.

4. He lets you eat the good stuff

As a kid and now. As a kid, you'd get all the candy or snacks you wanted and we just kept it between us. Even now, half a quart of ice cream for each of us is a quality snack at grandpa's house.

5. He has shown you what true, beautiful love is

Whether your grandma and his partner in crime is still here or is watching over you, the love they've had for longer than your parents have even been alive is an inspiration. Since you were a child, you've had some pretty amazing role models to look up to.

6. He has however many grandkids and still keeps up with you

Whether you're the only grandkid or 1 of 30, somehow he always stays up to date about what's going on in your life.

7. He's genuinely interested in your life

You never have to feel like you're talking grandpa's ear off about your new job, your school or your relationship. He's all ears because he truly cares about you.

8. And swears to hunt down any person who hurts you

If you haven't got the "I'll kill anyone who hurts you" spiel from your grandpa, I think he's grandpa-ing wrong. You can cross me. You probably can't cross dad, but if you happen to slip through the cracks, you will not cross grandpa.

9. He's been there for all of your milestones

Whether it was your elementary talent show or your high school graduation, he's been there to watch you.

10. His job is just to love you

Grandparents' job as a whole is to love and spoil their grandkids. It makes sense why it is considered the best job in the world... And your grandpa is probably really good at it.

11. And he might be your biggest fan

No one cheers louder or high fives you harder than your grandpa, no matter if you're playing a sport or playing the piano. He is your number one fan and it is important everyone knows it.

12. He's known you your whole life

He's watched you go from a tiny baby to the incredible person you are now. And hopefully, he knows that a lot of who you are now is because of him.

13. He'd do anything for you

Name it and he'll do it. That's what people who love you like a grandpa loves their grandkid do.

14. He always has a smile for you

Sometimes your parents get mad at you and they're not happy to see you. No one is 100 percent excited to see you every time they see you... Except grandpa.

15. He loves you so incredibly much

The biggest and best reason he is so amazing is that he loves you. Unconditionally, always. You don't get a lot of those people in your life, so it is important to cherish them and love them back as strong as you can.

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I Had A Visitation Dream And It Gave Me The Closure I Needed

My dream felt as though it was reality, and waking up from it felt as though real life was actually a dream.

For a while, I was skeptical about loved ones visiting you and sending you messages in your dreams. I am a fairly realistic person and that was one thing that just did not seem possible until it happened to me.

With the loss of my grandfather, it has been tough to adjust to life without him. I did not make it back to New Jersey in time to say my proper goodbyes to him and that has been something that I have been struggling with. I yearn for closure every day. I always think to myself how I should have flown home from school as soon as I found out he was in the hospital. Hindsight is definitely 20/20 because I was too late.

A few nights ago, I experienced a dream that was unlike any other. Normally, my dreams are from an outsider perspective looking in; however, in this dream, I was fully engaged and it was vivid and beyond realistic. My dream felt as though it was reality and waking up from it felt as though real life was actually a dream.

After experiencing this dream, I researched “visitation dreams” and upon reading what people had to say about these dreams, it occurred to me that there was a good chance that I had an experience with one.

In my dream, I was walking out of a restaurant, that happened to be my grandpa’s favorite spot. Upon exiting, my grandpa was sitting in the booth near the door. He looked so healthy, and he was breathing without oxygen. I sat next to him and said, “Hey, Pop, I miss you.” He didn’t say a word, he simply just nodded, sipped his beer, then pointed to an empty place setting next to me. I looked next to me and saw the place setting that had an empty beer glass. I then looked back at him. He stood up, finished his beer, placed the empty beer glass on the table in front of him, then said to me, “I am always by your side.” Then I woke up.

I woke up comforted and with more closure than I went to sleep with. I like to believe that these types of dreams are really your loved ones coming through to send you messages. What I do know for sure is my grandpa lives through the memories we have shared and the lessons he has taught me growing up. I know for sure that I was blessed to have him in my life for as long as I did. Even though my life is really just getting started, I know he will somehow be there for the rest of it, until we meet again.

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A Letter To My Grandmother

Happy birthday.

To My Abuelita,

I love you and I cannot express those words enough though I will attempt to:

I love your generosity. It amazes me every time I am in your presence just how much you give to everyone around you. Whether it’s inviting people over for one of your Bible studies or making sure that each and every one of the needs and wants of your many grandchildren are fulfilled when we come and visit, you are never tired of being generous. For some people, it may be difficult to be generous with their time or with their money or with their love, but for you, it comes so naturally with all of them and you never cease to give. Whenever I am around you it inspires me to be more generous to those around me.

I love your courage. From always stepping up to the next challenge, to learning to live life on your own after Abuelito passed away, you are far more courageous than I think you have ever realized yourself. There have been too many challenges in your lifetime yet you’ve faced each and every one of them with grace, faith, and an infectious smile and laughter. I cannot even begin to fathom how you were able to cope with all the trials and tribulations you have faced, and it inspires me to face my small troubles with the same grace, faith, and smile that you so bravely put on time and time again.

I love your ambition. I never ceased to be amazed that you were the first female lawyer of the Dominican Republic. Because of this, I want to be a lawyer which is something I do not think I have ever told you before. I find it incredible the way you are able to, without fear, incessantly speak your mind in any situation.

It’s inspiring to me to have such a strong female role model in my life.

I love your passion. You are passionate about life, about your kids, about your grandkids, about your church family and above all, about God. I look to you whenever I am wavering in my faith because of the way you are simply, yet passionately, on fire for God which manifests itself in all aspects of your life. You are always willing to invite people over to your house, volunteer with people in need, or aid in prayer for all of your loved ones.

Your life story has always been an inspiration to me and I want to thank you for being who you are. God blessed me with the most wonderful grandmother I could have ever asked for and I thank him every day for the blessing and inspiration that you are to my life.

Te amo mucho. Te quiero siempre. Feliz cumpleanos.

Tu nieta,

Brittany Sonia

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