Thursday, September 30, 2010


I had four grandparents, most people do, but there are variations.
They were each the eldest child in their family, that's pretty rare, no?
I had three living grandparents when I was born, and one great-grandparent.
My son had four great-grandparents when he was born, that's pretty good going, huh?
My daughter had two.
I'll cherish the four generation photos we were able to take at their Christenings.
I got all the way to 36 with my three grandparents.
And then at 41, almost 42, I lost my last living grandparent.
I was the first grandchild on both sides, that's special to me.
Now I have no grandparents, does that mean I'm no longer a grandchild?


  1. Thank you for sharing those beautiful and special photos.
    You'll always be their grandchild.

  2. I have no words...only sending you love!! xo

  3. I only ever really knew my Nana - Dad's Mum. Mum's parents died when I was just a baby, and I have vague memories of Dad's Dad, but he died when I was 9 and had been in hospital a lot before that. He had Alzeimers so there were only rare occasions that he actually knew who I was. Nana died in my 20s - she was funny and spoiled us and had little quirks. I wish my kids could have known her.

  4. I've never ever experienced the death of a loved one. I'm lucky to have all 4 of my grandparents still around, and my greatest fear in the world is that one day they won't be here. In fact, my greatest fear is just death in general. I'm terrified of losing someone as I have no idea how I'll cope with it. I've loved reading your beautiful, moving posts about your uncle and nanna, and I hope that in some way, they've helped in the grieving process for you.

    It must feel really weird to not have grandparents around anymore. I must say though, if I can get to 41 and still have ANY of my grandparents alive, I'll be so happy - if we're being honest, I don't think any of them will be around in 21 years... sad, but that's life, I guess. I just hope they get to see me get married and have a baby one day. If they can just get that far, then I think I'd be happy.

    And I agree with toushka - you'll always be a grandchild xxx

  5. No! Of course not. You're still a grandchild. Always will be. You were very fortunate to have grandparents around. I always envied my niece and nephew having the relationship they did (still do) with my parents. But I had other great family members, and now that I have my own family...I'm content.

    You will always miss them, but you'll always have wonderful, fond memories. xxx

  6. You were so lucky to have them for so long. A four-gen photo like yours is rare. Miss them, and look forward to the day when you have your own grandchildren... I know, a long way off!

  7. Lots of hugs xxx

    Grandparents are such special people.

  8. Grandparents are important to grandkids, but grandkids are also important to grandparents. I'm glad you had grandparents into the forties.

    I'm a grandma of five, ages newborn to 11. I'm thankful my grandchildren live close by. I wrote a book to encourage grandparents in their important role. You can learn more here: It's called: Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting: For Grandparents at Any Stage of the Journey. Perhaps you know grandparents who would enjoy it.

    I'm glad you had a special relationship with your grandparents. As a grandma, I know how special you were to them as well.


    Lydia Harris (aka Grandma Tea)


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