5 Reasons You Need To Call Your Grandma

5 Reasons You Need To Call Your Grandma

If you even need a list, which you shouldn't, just call her.
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My grandma and I talk on the phone every week, usually for a little over an hour on Sunday afternoons. I try to make a list before we chat, of things I've done that week which I can tell her about to show that I'm being social and active, but the list is scrapped after the first ten minutes of conversation and we're chatting along like we have all the time in the world. If you need a little inspiration to call your grandmother, look no further than this list.

1. She cares about what you're doing

If anyone is going to listen (or at least pretend to listen) about your classroom mix up, it's her. You're her grandbaby and even if your troubles are silly or small, she's at least going to hold the phone to her ear and hum back every once in a while. Maybe she doesn't actually care, if you have a grandma who's not as great as mine, but I'm pretty sure it's in the grandma contract that they have to pretend anyways.

2. She'll make time to listen

Grandmas are usually retired, but even without a job my grandma is sometimes busier than I am. Which makes sense, because all of her friends are retired and my grandma is a super fun person to hang out with, why wouldn't she be busy? If she's busy the first time you call, call again later. I know very few people in the world who will make time for me the way that my grandmother will.

3. Great advice

Because she's been where you've been and even if she hasn't been, she's still smarter than you. More experience means more knowledge and she's probably willing to share some of that knowledge with you if you reach out and call her. Even if the advice she gives isn't what you want to do or what you're going to do, second opinions are always helpful. Sometimes you need to look at a problem from another vantage point to solve it, which is exactly what a grandma can do.

4. Reciprocity

My grandma sends me letters about once every two weeks and although the phone call to letter exchange isn't exactly a trade, it's an unspoken agreement at this point. After opening emails and texts all day it's nice to have something in your hands a person sat down and took the time to hand write for you. Letters are underrated. I know very few things more exciting than fighting with your mailbox and actually coming away with mail for yourself and not just your roommates.

5. Because you can

We all love to act like time doesn't affect us or the people we love, but we are not impervious to the aching and wearing that the clock gives us all. Someday it's not going to be as easy as picking up the phone to get in touch with the one you love, so do it now while you can.

Are you still reading this? Go call your grandma.

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Dear best friend,

I wasn't expecting you when God placed you in my life. I had my friends. I had my people. I wasn't exactly open to the idea of new meaningful friendships because I had the ones I needed, and it didn't seem like I really needed anybody new.

Thank God that was false. Sometimes you meet people and you just know that you're going to be good friends with. Sometimes you meet people and you realize that there is no such thing as chance. I think God has a funny way of making it seem as if the things that happen to us are by chance, but honestly, that’s a load of crap. If the biggest moments of our lives were left up to chance, then I believe that would make God out to seem as if he didn’t care. It would make it seem as if He was truly abandoning me and making me face some of my most important seasons fully isolated. But you, best friend, are a true testament to the fact that God doesn’t just leave such important aspects up to chance. Thank you for taking a chance on our friendship, and thank you for allowing me to take a chance on what I didn’t realize would be the most impactful friendship in my entire life.

Thank you for being real with me. Thank you for not sugar coating things. Thank you for telling me when I have a bad attitude. Thank you for loving me through my mistakes. Thank you for supporting me in my decisions, even if it isn’t always the decision you would make. Thank you for wanting the best for me, and for making that your true intent behind the words that you say to me, whether they be constructive criticism or encouragement.

Thank you for being a goof with me. Thank you for putting me first. Thank you for seeing the importance of our friendship. Thank you for making time in your schedule for us to just sit and do homework, eat Mexican food, or sit on the porch and listen to music that emotionally wrecks you.

You’re one of a kind. You’re a shoulder to lean on. You’re a safe place. You’re a free spirit. You’re rough and tough, but your heart melts for the people you love and it’s obvious. You’re more than meets the eye. You are worth getting to know. You are worth loving. You pursue people. You are passionate about your future. You are everything that a person needs, and I really thank God that for some reason you continue to choose to be in my life. Thank you for literally dragging me up my mountains of fear when I want to stay exactly where I am at and wallow in the sadness. You bring joy—true joy—wherever you go. You are my best friend, confidant, and biggest fan. You will be the Maid of Honor, Godmother, and fun Aunt.

I used to think lifelong friendships weren’t really a thing. It just seemed like people always grew apart and forever was never a point that was attainable. Best friends forever is a cliché phrase that is continuously overused nowadays (sometimes, I even used to make light of it), but thanks for making that a reality. You are truly the best friend I could have asked for. So thank you for it all. You make life more fun, and I couldn’t thank God more for making an incredible human, friends with me.

I love you, pal!

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A dad, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle...legend.

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I always loved going over my grandparents house when I was younger. They would babysit me all the time and when they were "off duty," I always wanted to go over there. We had sleepovers, played Skip-BO together and I always requested we would eat tacos for dinner and homemade waffles for breakfast. Also, my grandparents loved the computer.

My grandmother, Shirley, loved to play Bubble Spinner and Angry Birds so we spent a lot of time in the computer room trying to compete with each other. My grandfather, Henry, codes a railroad website and knows everything about computers which we talk about a lot. He also taught me how to play Mahjong and I watch him play Solitaire because I am horrible at it. They taught me a lot when I was younger but, unfortunately my beloved grandmother had passed away in 2012.

After my grandmother passed away, I became really close to my grandfather ("Papa"). We needed each other at that point because my sister, Haley, was graduating high school and moving to New York. And my other sister, Calli, was pregnant with my nephew, Brantley. So, we had a really busy year in 2012 that started with a heartbreak and ended with a lot of new beginnings.

Papa and I started hanging out every week which included him taking me to figure skating practice and then going to our favorite place to eat which is Zorbas Coney Island and we continue to do that now, in 2018.

Papa continues to teach me new things every time I see him. This year he's been laying down a lot of life lessons about moving away and going to college. I'm ready to be on my own and leave Downriver but, I'm not ready to leave our weekly "dates". I will still see him every once in a while for breaks or when he drives to Ypsilanti about once a month. We will get to explore Ypsilanti's restaurants together but, I'm going to miss going to Zorbas with him every week.

My Papa deserves all of the credit in the world. He has been a great Dad figure to my Sisters and he's the best grandfather to me and a magnificent great grandfather to my nephews. So this is my thank you to you, Papa.

Thank you for telling me stories. Thank you for coming to every skating thing possible and taking the best photos and videos from them. Thank you for being patient with me as I have grown and changed throughout the years. Thank you for teaching me things like how to drive (and sorry for scaring you a lot while driving). Thank you for everything. Our relationship is something I will always cherish. "I lovez youz tooz".


Brantley's Birth 2012

I wish more people in this world would spend time with their grandparents. Or when they're with them, I wish they would live in the moment and ask them a ton of questions. I have learned so much about my mother's side's family history through my Papa and father, and I know so much about him. I spent a lot of time with my grandmother but, I still regret not seeing her more than I did.

Now, I am the girl who would rather hang out with her Papa than people my own age. Please call your grandparents today if you can and tell them you love them.

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