If you’ve been following my blog long enough, then you’ve probably seen Grandma “With the White Hair” a few times. She’s always been an important part of our lives, and I love bragging about how amazing she is. Today I’m sharing a few reasons why grandparents (primarily, Grandma “with the white hair”) are important in our family.
The Importance of Grandparents in Our Family
Grandma with the white hair
When my son was born in 2008, Grandma “With the White Hair” was merely Grandma. In 2011, Demo’s mother moved back to Montreal, and my then 3-year son was faced with a dilemma; there were now two grandmas!! I don’t remember when exactly he started referring to his great-grandmother as Grandma “with the white hair,” but it just stuck with everyone. She’s always been, a strong independent woman. At 76 she was taking 45 minutes bus/subway ride to our house weekly. She’s not as fast as she used to be but she’s still a force to be reckoned with.
Grandma to the rescue!
I can’t praise this woman enough. When I went back to work in 2009, I was stressed out! I needed to work minimum 20 hours a week to keep my job. I was working about 4 hours a day but to meet my 20 hours, I had to work a full day on Mondays (9-5). This was an issue because;
1. My son’s daycare closed at 6 pm.
2. I work about 1:30 hour away from home.
Without me having to ask, she volunteered to come over every Monday. She would pick up my son from daycare, take him to the park, feed him and stay until either Demo or myself came home from work.
Fun fact: 49% of Canadian seniors report providing child care support to a younger friend or family member within the last six months, compared with 30% of Canadians who say they receive this support.
Not only did she take care of my son during those years I needed help the most, but she would come over to help me with some of the chores. Till this day, when she knows she’s coming over she calls me and tells me to prepare clothes for her to fold (a task that I loathe!).
Bonding with the grandbabies
One of the things that cannot be denied is the love that grandma has for her grandbabies. She’s the grandma that will buy you a gift for Halloween. The one that sneaks you 5$ to “buy something you like” at the store. The kids adore her, and that’s what counts for me.
This year she celebrated her 84th birthday. She’s not as fast as she used to be. Gets mad if you nag her about what she eats or how fast she goes up and down the stairs. Despite it all, I always look forward to her visit. I know it bothers her a lot that she’s not as present as she used to be. She’s always been so active, and we can tell that having to rely on others doesn’t sit well with her. At times she can even be stubborn. But in the last ten years that I’ve known her, she hasn’t flaked on her grandchildren or us. Not once. That’s pretty impressive, right?
I rarely ever talk about my side of the family. You see, my mom is in Haiti and so is my grandmother. I’m blessed that they are alive and well, but I haven’t seen either one since I was six years old. Even though this post is about the importance of grandparents, I wanted to focus and dedicate this post to Grandma “with the white hair.” She’s been a constant presence in my children’s lives, and for that, I am forever grateful. My kids are blessed to be surrounded by people that love them. I couldn’t ask for more.
Grandma “with the white hair” is the real MVP!
Let’s chat: Are your children’s grandparents present in their lives?
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This article has been sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur, but the opinions shared are my own.