The National Grandparents’ Day is celebrated in the US on the first Sunday after Labor Day to honour grandparents and commemorate their contribution to the lives of their grandchildren.
By Arun Sharma
Grandparents are always ready to shower their love and care for their grandchildren. In fact, they are willing to do anything for them. When grandkids are young, grandparents take on the role of caretakers, playmates, stress relievers, storytellers and instillers of moral values. And, when grandkids grow up, grandparents change themselves too and become friends, advisers, arbitrators, pillars of support and close confidantes.
The love and affection that grandchildren have for their grandparents can’t be described in words. However, listening to what grandkids have to say about their grandparents will help us understand how deep and strong their bond is.
Here’s what some grandchildren have to say about their grandparents:
Both my grandmothers are a form of God on earth. They help me with my daily work like my homework and they always give me suggestions for all my problems. My grandmas cook well and make sure that I have a good meal before going to bed.
— Saakshath Vijay (11 years old), Chennai
Whenever I fall sick for more than one day, I tell my dad to take me to my grandma’s place. I don’t think anyone can take better care of me than my grandma. On days when I feel like having my favourite dish, I call her up and she prepares it for me. When I score full marks in my exams, my grandpa buys me whatever I ask for. It is a secret deal between us.
— Zubin (8 years old), Trivandrum
My grandparents take good care of me. My grandfather takes me out for a walk in the park and around the neighbourhood on his bike. He is always ready to play with me whenever I feel bored. He sings songs and advices me on everything. My grandmother is a cheerful woman. She is always smiling and ready to cook whatever I want to eat. I love to crack jokes with them and I love the way they pamper me.
—Samyuktha (14 years old), Chennai
I like my grandmother because she gives me a lot of stuff to eat. My grandfather is an easy victim to play pranks on. I pretend to fall down the stairs and he comes running over, but then I yell, “It’s a prank.” And, the way he reacts is priceless.
—Brian Daniel Bennett, (12 years old), Chennai
My maternal grandfather buys me exciting science toys and instruments like the microscope, while my grandmother is very encouraging. She speaks good English, and her vocabulary is great. She helps me in writing my speeches and compositions. My paternal grandfather is very active and enthusiastic. While he plays games with me such as football, cricket and uno. However, my grandmother is a bit strict. She makes me study whenever she comes home. I love my grandparents. They are like my friends and so much fun to be with.
— Ishaan Abraham Pichamuthu (9 years old), Vellore
My grandparents tell me stories and never scold me.
— Karthik (4 years old), Chennai.
My grandmother teaches me good manners and takes good care of me when I am sick. My grandfather buys me all my favourite food items.
—Raja Swaminath (9 years old), Chennai
The reason I love my grandparents is that they are the only ones who either forget or forgive my mistakes.
—Yash Patil (18 years old), Chennai
The emotional closeness that grandchildren feel with their grandparents is not visible in any other relationship. Not only do grandchildren feel secure and happy in the presence of their grandparents, but also feel valued and cherished.
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