GRANDPARENTS: THE LOVE, THE CARE, THE WISDOM
"GRANDPARENTS": GEMS FROM ANOTHER GENERATION
In these modern days of fast living, and chronic diseases, having a parent when one is older is a huge gift,but having a grand parent or grandparents is a total blessing, for they are true gems! They are our link to the past; and being close to them makes us wiser, and our lives richer – culturally, spiritually and morally. If you spend time with the elderly (especially if they are also your grand-parents), you gain the wisdom of the ages.
Those who are blessed enough to still have a grand parent should use that advantage wisely, while they are still around.
How to make grandparents feel special and loved
There is a lot of things - simple, priceless little gestures that mean a lot to our grannies. We dont need to love them from a distance or use money to try reach out to them.
1. Visit them. Give them the gift of time and make them feel worthy of your time. Call if you cannot visit - just keep in touch; the elderly tend to worry a lot when they feel disconnected from their grand-children or loved ones.
2.listen to stories from their past, drink from their fountain of wisdom, be open to their views and opinions about life. Do not rule them out as old-fashioned, for there’s a lot of truth and meaning in old people’s opinions and insights.
3. Touch them - massage away those painful muscles.
4. Go out with them
5. Send cards, flowers, their favourite eats - if you can afford to. Remember not to complain about money when you are with them - especially not after buying them gifts.
Listening to grand parents' stories and views
Grandparents usually have their own critical view of today’s lifestyles
Listen to their opinions, they know what they are talking about. When my grandmother tells me I need to have as many kids as God would bless me with, I know that I do not have to do what she advises, but I do listen to what she has to say and most often than not, she would be a having a point. We just need to listen to their arguments, their reasoning, their interpretations. Those can only make us wiser and more open-minded.
So if you have a granny or a grandpa, stop whining about how slow they are, or how not modern they are. My guess is, you will miss them greatly once they are gone. Celebrate grand parents today…everyday. "The gifts of being grand" will make a wonderfull gift to any grand-parent