It’s my youngest granddaughter’s 5th Birthday tomorrow and she asked me if I would get her a birthday cake that she had seen in a supermarket (Asda).
She said “nanny it’s a Jurassic World T-Rex cake but it’s brown and my favourite colour is blue”.
As any grandparent will know, there’s something that just tugs at your heartstrings when your grandchild just shows the slightest signs of being sad.
As I stood in my kitchen about to take on the task of turning the dinosaur blue, I was wondering what it is that makes some, probably most, of us grandparents take these measures for our grandchildren, that we possibly wouldn’t have done for our own children. I think for me, it’s about having more energy and time……after all, we can give our Grandchildren back when we are tired haha.
There’s also the very special grandparent bond.
When your own children are small you have a job to do. It’s about guiding them to become adults with sound morals, providing food, clothing, shelter, education as well as having fun and making memories.
As a grandparent, you trust that you have taught your own child well and they are able to take care of the above duties with your continued support where necessary. This leaves you with more time to dedicate your whole day to your grandchildren and not worry about housework or other duties until they go home.
When I think of my own grandparents I remember them with such fondness and love. Learning to cook, bake, knit, in fact all the things my own parents didn’t always have time to teach me, because lets face it, life is always so busy as a parent.
This is why grandparents were invented!
All three of my grandaughters are always saying things like “you are my best friend” “I love you nanny” “nanny you always let us paint and get messy and we love it” awwwwwww it melts my heart! There’s nothing in the world that feels like this.
So now the dinosaur is blue.
My duty as a nanny is done for today!