Saying someone is the best person in the world is a pretty bold statement. But I am pretty sure that my Grandparents are up there with the best. I’ve written about both sets of my Grandparents a few times on my blog, but my Mum’s parents really are truly special.
We are very lucky that they only live about half an hour away from us, so we try and pop up there every other week for some dinner or for Sunday lunch. They were farmers before they retired and they live on a big old farm which is so much fun in the Summer time- I have such fond memories of racing around the farm on quad bikes with my Uncle, or climbing to the top of the piles of wheat that had been harvested. I used to love going there to play and that’s why it is so special for me to see my girls so excited to do the same, they love going to Great Grandma and Grandpas house, especially as they know that they get lots of different ice cream for pudding!
They are so proud of me for whatever I do, just as Grandparent’s should be. They love to sit and listen to our tales of what we have been up to, especially my Grandpa who constantly asks if we have ‘any exciting news to tell him’. They love to hear about my blog, with my Grandpa even buying an iPad especially for when he went on holiday so he could show people it when he was reading it by the pool! The thought of him showing some fellow holiday maker my blog and talking about his Granddaughter makes me cringe a little (or a lot), but his heart is in the right place and he finds the internet incredibly baffling and exciting. (If you are reading this hi Grandpa- we love you!)
I definitely get my travel bug from them, they travel the world on a regular basis, with them constantly jetting off to India, or Malaysia, or Australia for a few weeks at a time throughout my whole childhood. In fact I remember the best story of my Grandma making an Indian national newspaper for nearly falling off an elephant- there were photos of her looking panicked all over the paper and she has a couple of copies as a keep sake! They don’t show any sign of slowing down yet- even in their 80’s they just recently went to Thailand for almost a month and next week they are off to Italy.
They make me a ‘red cross parcel’ each time we see them which they have done since I left home for university- it’s always been full of things like toilet roll, washing up liquid, biscuits and ketchup, but since Mads was born nappies and wipes are always in it too- in fact I can honestly say that my Grandma has funded 80% of our nappies since the girls were born- that’s quite crazy really, and of course has saved us a fortune. They have been there to buy their first shoes, just as they did with me, and every couple of months my Grandma takes us all out shopping and treats us.
They really are the most wonderful people and I feel lucky every day that my children get the chance to know them- I will treasure these memories that we are making forever. They really are the most ordinary of moments, I have seen them every few weeks since I was a baby, bar when I was at university or when they or I were travelling, but even the most ordinary of moments are worth treasuring, especially as the years pass by so quickly.