A group of 8-year-old students in North Carolina were asked for responses to the question: "What is a grandparent?" They responded:
"Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old that they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money." First sentence is true. The rest of that is rubbish. We can still outrun some of our 1-year-olds and we are not handing out money until we die. Cookies yes. Money no.
"They show us and talk to us about the color of the flowers and also why we shouldn’t step on the cracks." You’ll break your mothers back!
"When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars."
True! We need to catch our breath!
"They don’t say “Hurry up.” There’s that “we’ve got time” theme again.
"Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes." Hmmm. No comment.
"They wear glasses and funny underwear." Yep. Convicted. Ok, our undies are slightly more hip than those featured in the picture, but not by much!
"They can take their teeth and gums out." FALSE! Praise to our dentists!
"Grandparents don’t have to be smart." If only they knew how wise we are. We've been tested by time and our experiences.
"When they read to us, they don’t skip. They don’t mind if we ask for the same story over and over again." True! Reading time is the best time. And no one can get hurt in a rocking chair! (said the nana with a sore neck from sledding with the grandkids last week.)
"Everybody should have a grandmother or grandfather, especially if you don’t have television, because they are the only grown-ups who like to spend time with us." Not totally true. We have great adult kids that love every moment spent with their kids, but they are in the "thick of it". We are on the downhill slope and have lots of that precious 4 letter word… TIME.
So, in your time with the wee ones, may we recommend that you make Brothers T(h)ree Fort an addition to your routine!! Snuggle time. Lap time. Anytime! The story is fun and opens the opportunity for discussions on feeling left out, and discovering one's strengths. These are important lessons that can be taught from this fun book!
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With love... The Nana's