The elderly want their children and their grandchildren to visit them. Seeing their family and playing with their grandchildren brings smiles to their faces. They love nothing more than visiting with their children, hearing about their lives, and telling stories together. So why don’t we visit them?
If it’s been a long time since you’ve visited your grandparents, here are six things that should motivate you to get in your car and go see them as soon as possible.
Nothing makes your grandparents happier than when their children and grandchildren come for a (surprise) visit. Grandmas loves to spoil their grandchildren and grandpas love to show their grandchildren where all the fun toys are. The presence of family and children brings light and life into their home and they feel whole again. It dispels the loneliness of their home, if only for a short while, but it’s just enough that they know they aren’t truly alone.
Growing up, there wasn’t a time when I went to my Grandma’s house that there weren’t cookies in the cookie jar or Creamies in the freezer. Grandparents almost always have a stash of cookies or candy somewhere to give to their grandchildren when they come to visit (and their children, if they’re good enough.) Grandparents love to spoil their grandchildren and keeping a full cookie jar is just an excuse for them to come around more often.
Your grandparents have lived a long life. They’ve seen and done a lot of things. They know (perhaps more than your parents) exactly what you are going through, despite generational differences. It’s easy to think that your grandparents don’t know as much as you do, because you are more versed in the language of technology than they are. That simply isn’t true. Though technology may not be the easiest for them to learn, they know much more about life’s experience than you realize.
From their experiences alone, they will be able to tell you practically all you need to know about life. If you need advice, they will have the best advice to give 100% of the time. They are the wisest humans on the planet. Take advantage of the knowledge they have to give and listen to them and learn.