Grandparents are a blessing to have in the family. They are the glue that holds the family together – after all, they made your family what it is today. Not only did they raise your parents, but they often helped to take care of you during your childhood.
Because of the large age gap between grandparents and grandchildren, it is important to cherish the time that you get to spend with them. They won’t be around forever, but you can make the most out of the time that you have with them. Sadly, as we grow older, we will eventually lose all of our grandparents. While you miss them terribly, there are things that you will learn to appreciate even more when you look back on the time you had with them. Here are some things that you will learn when you’ve lost your grandparents:
Holidays Can Be Especially Difficult
During holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, when we usually look forward to seeing the whole family, the absence of our grandparents can be especially glaring.
You Will Envy Friends With Grandparents
While you are happy that some of your friends still get to spend time with their grandparents, you can't help but feel a little envious of them. Hearing them talk about their time with their grandparents can make your heart ache a little more than usual.
Family Gatherings Will Never Be The Same Again
Family gatherings just aren't complete without your grandparents there. And with everyone in the family missing them so much, it will be hard not to talk about how great they were and bring up happy memories. Family gatherings will become bittersweet.
You Realize They Will Not Be At Your Kids' Weddings
Even when your children are still young, you already get excited when you envision their weddings in the future. But, then you realize that your grandparents will not be there during these important events. It's heartbreaking to think about, because they provided so much encouragement and support to you during all the big milestones in your life.
You Wish Your Children Could Grow Up With Them
You know that your grandparents helped shape you into who you are today with their unconditional love and support. It's only natural to wish that your children can also receive the wisdom and encouragement that your grandparents constantly showered you with.
You Regret All The Times You Acted Out
Everyone has cringeworthy memories of their childhood. Almost every kid has acted out or thrown a tantrum when they didn't get their way. Thinking back, you are so grateful for how patient and understanding your grandparents were with you during those times.
You Will Strive To Keep Their Memories Alive
You'll want to keep your grandparents' memories alive all the time. At family gatherings, it's fun to bring up all the funny stories and heartwarming moments that the family shared with them. It's also comforting to tell your kids just how amazing your grandparents were. Even if they can't be with you in person anymore, they'll always live on through you.
You Miss Their Stories And Wisdom
Grandparents are full of immeasurable wisdom and amazing stories from their lives. You can read all the history books that you want, but nothing compares to hearing about it straight from someone who experienced the events firsthand. There are so many questions about history and about life in general that you wish you could still ask them.
You Cherish Time With Your Parents Even More
Losing a loved one hurts beyond words, but it also encourages us to focus on other important people in our lives and to cherish our time with them. Your parents are getting older as well, and they won't be around forever. It's important that you make the most out of your time with them.
Certain Memories Become Especially Precious
Your memories of your grandparents are one of the most important things that you can hold near and dear to your heart. While they are no longer there with you in person, you can always count on your memories to relive some of the happiest times you've shared with them.
You Learn A Lot Through The Process
Through this difficult time, you learn a few important lessons about life. You learn to cherish the time that you have with all the people around you, and you grow up a lot in the process.
You Want To Live In A Way That Makes Your Grandparents Proud
You know that your grandparents are still watching over you, wherever they are. You know that you must be the kind of person that would make them proud. They were kind, generous, and virtuous role models that you looked up to - that's something you should strive to emulate as you continue to grow.
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