Growing Up Close To Your Grandparents

Growing Up Close To Your Grandparents

They're basically a second set of parents.
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One of the best things about growing up in a small town with your whole family only blocks away is growing up close to your grandparents.

Their home is a second home to me. Some of my favorite memories from growing up take place in their living room opening presents during Christmas, or their backyard in the summer playing kickball with all of my cousins, or their porch at nighttime trying to find shooting stars and bats in the sky, or their sunroom on sunny afternoons watching the birds on the feeders right outside. Every holiday, celebration and big event wasn't complete without them. They were there to witness every big or small event throughout my life. Growing up close with my grandparents is something I never realized I was so lucky to have until I was all grown up.

They came to see all of my school events, from my choir concerts in elementary school to my plays and musicals in middle school to my honor society induction to high school. They cheered me on from day one. When I bought my first prom dress, the first thing I did was stop by their house on the way home to show them, and my grandfather kept the picture of me in my dress on his phone for years after. They babysat me while my brother had baseball games or soccer games or piano lessons. My brother and I slept over at their house many times when we were little, and they always made sure to have VHS tapes for us to watch and lots of snacks for us to eat. They were like a second set of parents to us.

When I was dumped for the first time, my grandmother held me in her lap when I was noticeably upset. Even though I was seventeen, I wasn't embarrassed because to me, she is my comfort and my safety. When my grandfather passed away, he passed his car along to me, and on really hot days, you can still sort of smell his cologne on the upholstery. He has this blanket he always kept on his bed that's big and puffy and comfy, and whenever we would nap at their house, we would wake up with the blanket covering us. To me, he was also my comfort and safety.

I am so lucky to have spent so much time with my grandparents throughout the years. I don't think there was a single week I didn't see them at least once. From going out to eat on a random weekday night to celebrating every holiday alongside them, to hanging out at their house for hours on end, to spending many summers at their beach house with them, I am beyond blessed to have a childhood filled with so many sweet memories with my amazing grandparents.

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Grandparents are special. They are the leaders and foundations of our families. They love us unconditionally and are always there to lend a helping hand. The spoil us way too often! My grandparents mean the world to me. The picture above is one of my favorite photos with both my mother and my grandfather when I was a little girl. They are some of the best people in my life and have always set a good example for me. Cherish them while you can because they won't always be around! Here are nine reasons your grandparents are the best gifts you'll ever receive!

1. They give the best advice.

2. They have a lot of life experience and are willing to share it with you.

3. Their smile makes your heart warm.

4. They are so intelligent.

5. They have the best stories to share.

6. They are a great example of love.

7. Their hugs are like no other.

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