If you were lucky enough to grow up with a grandma, then you know how nice it is to have someone in your family who cares about you in ways that differ from your parents.
Your grandparents didn’t have to deal with the day-to-day nuisances of raising you, which means they got to be involved in all the fun parts of growing up.
My whole life I have been fortunate enough to have a grandma who was extremely present in my life, and the times I spent with her were always unique and special.
Whether or not your grandma is still alive, there are things you can take with you for the rest of your life that come from the time you spent together.
Here are the 8 best things about being close with your grandma.
1. You Have Special Things In Common
Sometimes traits and interests skip a generation, and you and grandma likely share a few qualities that your mom and dad lack.
Spending time painting with my grandma, going on nature walks, and cooking elaborate dinners are the times I’ll never forget.
2. She Makes You Feel Good About Yourself
Your grandma sees you for the best you, and she’ll be the first to give you a confidence boost.
No one brags more about you than your grandma, who can’t wait to tell her friends about all the different things you have been up to.
3. She Wants To Make Your Dreams Come True
Grandparents want their kids—and their kid’s kid —to have all the things they never had growing up.
They’ll do whatever it takes to help you enjoy the finer things in life. When my grandma saw how badly I wanted a trip to Europe, she and my grandpa were the ones to help take me there.
4. She Has All The Remedies
I don’t know how she does it, but grandma always has the solution to a stomach ache or the natural remedy for dry skin.
Need something to soothe a headache? Grandma will whip up that peppermint tea, and you’ll feel better in no time.
5. She’ll Feed You The Best Food
Nothing says comfort food like your grandma’s cooking. I grew up craving her meatloaf, begging for her to make it every time she came over.
If you’re ever feeling down, grandma’s food is the ultimate cure.
6. She Has Fun Stories
Sure, the childhood stories of your parents are fun to hear, but your grandparents go further back in history, making their stories more magical and riveting.
I loved listening to my grandma’s stories of growing up in New York and making her way out to California, where she met my grandpa while playing tennis.
7. Her Closet Is A Playground
Who needs to go vintage shopping when you’ve got grandma’s closet?
Grandma’s got a whole trove of stringed pearls, silk scarves, and crazy sunglasses, and whether you were just playing dress up as a child or going for that retro look as an adult, nothing is more fun than uncovering grandma’s fashion choices from year’s past.
8. She’s Good At Advice
When you need someone to turn to, grandma is always a good go-to.
You might not want to share all your secrets with your parents, and sometimes your friends just don’t have the same amount of wisdom as your grandma.
She’ll listen to you without judgment, help figure out what’s best for you, and support you no matter what you choose.