I used this phrase from my kids. Grandparents carry a lot of weight in my family. It's like some kind of ancient tribe where the wise one is the eldest in the group and everyone sits around waiting for him to speak and tell you what you should do. I personally think it should be like that everywhere. We look at the older people around us, and in society in general, and think they don't get it. Times have changed, they don't get the new technology, the "new" language and I think it is just sad! We are all very, very close and we rely on grandparents around here. Sort of like, it takes a village to raise a child, but the older ones in our group are still raising all the family members below them in age.
I was so VERY blessed and fortunate to know all my grandparents well. I was the first grandchild on both sides so it is safe to say I was S P O I L E D!!! I was spoiled, but I also grew up with the security of knowing there were several people around to help me and take care of me. Not many people are as fortunate. We have kids at a young age in my family. (I am from what used to be a very, very small southern town in Georgia and I guess there wasn't anything else to do around here, but start a family young.) When I was born there were five generations living. When my first two were born there were five generations living. Until this past summer, my mom and dad both still had a GRANDmother living. My kids and my nieces and nephews knew their Great-Great Grandmother very well. She came to birthday parties, Christenings, and anything else going on. We still have my dad's grandmother and the kids have wonderful memories of her, but through no choice of her own, she hasn't been able to get out and about like my mom's grandmother did. I lost my paternal grandmother over 12 years ago. Until then I had all my grandparents. I am saving talking about her for later. She deserves several blogs of her own. My paternal grandfather passed away a little over a year ago. He, was a very big character and he will have many blogs all of his own too. I am so very very blessed to still have my maternal grandparents not only still with us, but less than 5 miles away.
I can't wait to tell you about all of them. I had and have my own unique bond and relationship with each of them. They each had their own part in my childhood and I cannot tell you how blessed I feel to have even known them let alone be raised by all of them.