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Love is a Grandparent


Erma Bombeck



A grandparent can always be counted on to buy all your cookies, flower seeds, greeting cards, transparent tape, paring knives, peanut brittle, and ten chances on a pony (Also a box of taffy when they have dentures).

A grandparent helps you with the dishes when it is your night.

A grandparent is the only baby-sitter who doesn't charge more after midnight - or anything before midnight.

A grandparent buys you gifts your mother says you don't need.

A grandparent arrives three hours early for your baptism, your graduation and your wedding because they want a seat where they can see everything.

A grandparent loves you from when you're a bald baby to a bald father and all the hair in between.

A grandparent will put a sweater on you when she is cold, feed you when she is hungry and put you to bed when she is tired.

A grandparent will brag on you when you get a pin that 80 other kids got.

A grandparent will frame a picture of your hand that you traced and put it in her living room.

A grandparent will slip you money just before Mother's Day.

A grandparent will help you with your buttons, your zippers and your shoelaces and not be in any hurry for you to grow up.

When you're a baby, a grandparent will check to see if you are crying when you are asleep.

When a grandchild says, "Grandma, how come you didn't have any children?" a grandparent holds back the tears.

These Are My Additions to the List:


A grandparent will eat a thousand Happy Meals, just so you can get your toy collection.

A grandparent always ask if you are sure you're full.

A grandparent puts so many kisses and hugs on you that you can't stand it.

A grandparent will eat that awful school food, just to eat lunch with you.

A grandparent will take pictures of you doing everything, wearing everything and in everything.

A grandparent will let you make a mess and do a job yourself that it would only take her a minute to do and then brag on the way you did it.


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Grandma & Grandpa

God made you special and you'll always be a part of all that's special to me.


WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN'T LOOKING ....

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you feed a stray cat, and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favorite cake just for me, and I knew that little things are special things.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I heard you say a prayer, and I believed there is a God I could always talk to.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I felt you kiss me goodnight, and I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's okay to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked...and wanted to say thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.

Thank you for the sacrifices you have made for me.
Thank you for all you've given me and all you've done for me.
I know there have been times that, had it not been for your unselfishness,
my life would have been different: not as balanced, not as happy.
Thank you for giving me life.
Thank you for your example.
Thank you for being my grandparent.
I wouldn't trade you even if I could.
I love you so much.


Grandma
I like to walk with Grandma
Her steps are more like mine
She doesn't say," Let's hurry!"
She always takes her time
Most people like to hurry
They just don't stop and see
So, I'm glad that God made Grandma
Unrushed and young ,like me.

GRANDPA DOESN'T CARE
My ice cream dripped on his good pants,
but Grandpa doesn't care.
His fishing tackle's tangled up,
his rod is who knows where?
I lost his keys in the garage,
I've made a mess out there.
I'm always getting into things,
but Grandpa doesn't care.
I help him in the garden 'cause
we're really quite a pair.
I pull the plants out with the weeds,
but Grandpa doesn't care.
When I am grown and on my own,
when visits become rare,
I won't forget the love I got when
Grandpa didn't care!
----Author Unknown


GRANDMA SHOES


When I was very little
All the Grandmas that I knew
Were wearing, like a uniform
Those ugly grandma shoes.

You surely know the kind I mean.
A clunky heel, the lace-up kind,
They were black and looked so awful
That they weighed upon my mind,

For I knew, when I grew older
I'd have to wear those shoes,
I'd think of that, from time to time
It seemed like such bad news.

I never was a rebel,
I wore saddle shoes to school,
And next came ballerinas
Then the sandals, pretty cool.

And then came spikes with pointed toes
Then platforms, very tall,
As each new fashion came along
I wore them, one and all.

But always, in the distance,
Looming in my future, there,
Was that awful pair of ugly shoes,
The kind that Grandmas wear.

I eventually got married
And then I became a Mom
Our kids grew up and left,
And when their children came along,

I knew I was a Grandma
And the time was drawing near
When those clunky, black, old lace up shoes
Was what I'd have to wear.

How would I do my gardening?
Or take my morning hike?
I couldn't even think about
How I would ride my bike!

But fashions kept evolving
And one day I realized
That the shape of things to come
Was changing, right before my eyes.

And now, when I go shopping
What I see, fills me with glee
For, in my jeans and Reeboks
I'm as comfy as can be.

And I look at all these "mod" young girls
And there, upon their feet
Are clunky, black, old Grandma shoes,
And don't they think that's neat!

----Anonymous>



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