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posted September 12th 2018

Lynne

Lynne

I love being a grandparent. I am not a purple rinse grandmother who sits knitting all day, I like to be as hands on as possible with my grandchildren. I hope it goes some way to keeping me young in spirit. My husband and I are very lucky to have shared a home with my son and his wife since my oldest grandchild was nine months old, and not so lucky that my daughter decided to emigrate to Australia. So I live with two grandchildren, and the other two are the other side of the world, but I still see them as often as possible.

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Now that Ryan is a teenager he has a huge list of friends that he regularly sees and does things with. However I remember the days when it was much different.

It would often be just myself and maybe one other of his friends playing games like tickling monster or hide and seek with each other. Ryan had a main best friend, and at least twice a week he would come around and we would all have a lot of fun. At that age they’re not shy and don’t have a sense of pride stopping them hanging out with their nans.

These days if a friend does come round they will usually either listen to music or play video games. This was far from the case when they were young, as they didn’t have the phones or games consoles to do those things. Therefore instead they were much more creative, coming up with all kinds of different role-plays and such, sometimes using movies they had seen recently as inspiration. Often Ryan would go over to the friends house instead of them coming to ours. This was always followed by greatly exaggerated stories about completely impossible events taking place, which I would obviously go along with to keep his imagination running.

What things about your grandchildren growing up stick in your mind?

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