Quite a few years ago now, my dad retired (or rather he was forced to retire). Going from being a full time employed person to kicking around the house all day was not great for him and he was really unhappy.
Luckily, about 18 months after his retirement we (his children) quickly produced three new grandchildren for him. Dad already had six grandkids but they were all grown up so this second wave came along at just the right time to give him a new lease on life. My dad is the absolute #1 in all our kids’ worlds. Time is now on his side and he will spend hours patiently playing with them, taking them to the park or watching their favourite program with them. When he is around, they don’t want anyone else – not even us, their parents!
I love the special relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren and the grandfather relationship in particular is a really sweet one. I think a lot of men from my dad’s era didn’t get a heap of time to spend with their kids when they were small which is why the love the time they have with their grandkids. They also love the fact that they can spoil the beejezus out of their grandkids in a way they couldn’t do with their own kids.
I hope you guys like A Manifesto for Grandfathers. The lovely Denyse again helped me with it and it combines her husband’s suggestions with the things I loved about my own Grampas as well as my dad.