What Happens When They Grow Up?Blog
posted November 14th 2018
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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We all know how wonderful it is to have young grandchildren. They can be great fun and usually love to spend time with nan and granddad. But they do not stay young forever. They seem to go through a stage where we are too old for them, but that passes.
Recently I realised that my two oldest grandchildren, both boys, are now young men when one of them felt the need to start shaving. That made me compare him to my grandson who lives the other side of the world. There is only about 7 months between them in age, and from the photos on Facebook, he is also now a young man.
We are very lucky that we still have a good relationship with them both as it seems that as some kids grow up they cannot be bothered with us old folk. That is one of the differences we have found living in Mallorca. The youngsters here are proud to be seen with their grandparents at the local bar or café. There is none of the ‘old fogey’ attitude you get in some countries.
I do not think it would make any difference where we lived though. They are two lovely young men, and who knows, if we live that long we might get to see great grandchildren!