If You Still Have Your Grandparents, You Are So Lucky

If You Still Have Your Grandparents, You Are So Lucky

Appreciate them while you still have them

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It's crazy to me that people don't appreciate their grandparents. I only have 1 grandparent left and truthfully I'm jealous of the people who still have all their grandparents. I would give ANYTHING to have them all back with me again.

My Mom-mom passed away in 2010. When I was growing up we would hang out a lot. She'd pick me up from elementary school on half days and take me to her house until my parents got out of work. We'd giggle when she gave me a Sprite, something that I wasn't allowed to have at home, and made me promise to not tell my mom. She'd take me out to the grocery store with her and make me in charge of holding the coupons so I'd wave them around every few minutes shouting, "I still got them!" She was my best friend. I wish I had the chance to tell her that before she passed.

My Poppop, my dad's dad, passed away in 2015. Growing up he'd sneak my cousins and I Tastykakes and give us a sugar high before handing us back off to our parents. He'd giggle like no tomorrow at his own jokes and binge-watched the History Channel. My aunts used to dress him up for every holiday complete with funny hats and ties and he was the best sport about it. He'd give a cheesy smile at the camera for millions of pictures and then wear the outrageous holiday get up for the rest of the family party. He'd tell Vietnam war stories and give the best hugs. Every time we'd hug he'd whisper "I love you, sweetheart". I wish I could hear that just one more time.

My Nana (Irish for grandmother), my dad's mom, is my only grandparent that's left. She lives in a small extension on the back of my aunt's house and we call it "the villa." Every Friday a bunch of our family piles into the villa for happy hour. She tells stories of her childhood in Ireland and reads every magazine she can get her hands on. Her wine glass is always chilled for Friday night happy hours and has the most gentle heart. We're very close and I am so grateful to have her in my life.

If you still have your grandparents in your life you're so lucky. Your grandparents teach you so much about life and love you no matter what. I would do anything to have all of my grandparents back with me so please don't take advantage of your opportunity with your own grandparents. Give them a call or hug them just a minute longer. You'll regret it when they're gone if you don't.

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

He loves you so much.
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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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A Thank You Letter To My Biggest Supporters

My grandparents are two of the most important people in my life, and I would not be who I am today without them.

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I have always been super close with my grandparents, but as I became older, I realized how important they were to me. From showing up to every one of my soccer games, to babysitting so my parents could go out for date night, and everything in between, they have always been there for my family. Through the years as we went through changes and problems in life, they were always there to lean on. I have never been more grateful to have such loving people in my life and proud to call my grandparents.

Throughout the years, my family and I have been fortunate enough to travel to Arizona and Wisconsin to visit them for spring break and during the summer. Their homes have helped our family create so many lasting memories that we will cherish forever. This past fall, they sold the home in Wisconsin, which was hard on our family, but it made us really think about how much of an impact that house made on us and how much we are really going to miss it. Without this house, we would not have learned how to water ski, gotten cheap, but delicious ice cream at the town's windmill, or played pool and air hockey for hours in the basement of the cottage. I am forever grateful for this home and thank my grandparents for allowing us to make such special memories in their home.

When my grandparents chose to buy another home in Arizona, I never really knew how much it would impact my life. I chose to go to school across the country in Arizona, which allowed me to spend even more time with them and made us closer. From shopping to experiencing new restaurants, and walking around the fountain across from their house, I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Every Wednesday I call my grandma just to share what's been going on that week, or just in life in general, and I look forward to it every time. It has created such a special connection between the two of us and she is always just a phone call away. Not only does it put me in a better mood, but it makes me so happy that I have her in my life.

My grandpa is the most generous person I have ever met and I hope to be just like him one day when I have grandchildren. Helping me financially with college has been the most generous thing someone can do and I am forever grateful that I have someone like him in my life.

Some people aren't close with their grandparents and if I were to recommend one thing, I would say go that extra mile to make that special connection with them. Ask about their lives when they were younger, where they met, and what they learned in life, it might just change your view on life.

Always take advantage of the time you have with loved ones because it can create such special bonds to last a lifetime. I have never met more special people than these two and I hope to be half the people they are one day.

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