Cherishing Grand Relationships

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Posted on: June 28, 2016

Celebrating Grandmothers

This from our guest blogger and author Ann Richardson: When I first became a grandmother ten years ago, I had absolutely no idea how much fun it would be, or how much it would change my life. I had had little involvement with my own grandmothers when I was a child and neither had my […]

Posted on: March 5, 2016

Pursue Your Dreams at Any Age

How do we continue to grow, strive to do new things, and have the guts to pursue those dreams that tug at our heart? Here is a great story about an 87 year old grandma who took the plunge (despite her granddaughter’s protests) and joined the Peace Corps.  She is serving in Morocco.  Take a moment to […]

Posted on: February 17, 2016

A Grandson’s Journey to Discover his Grandfather

Here’s a touching story of a man who felt moved to return to the site of his grandfather’s WWI battlefield in Belgium to finally understand him. Grumpy, distant and wounded, Michael Williams’ grandfather lived large in his memory for all the wrong reasons.  But he finally got to meet Bertie anew when he visited the spot where […]

Posted on: January 25, 2016

Who’s Afraid of Getting Old?

A survey commissioned by Pfizer found that 87% of Americans fear at least one aspect of getting old.  Maybe we should all get to know this gentleman. At 90, Ron Lehker has a very full life.  He is a blogger, has two volunteer positions, active grandparent, partner to a woman he met after his wife […]

Posted on: January 20, 2016

How the woman who never had kids became a Grandma

Wisdom & Innocence is dedicated to the magic of the relationship between young and old.  Although we often describe it in terms of Grandparent and Grandchildren, we truly believe that the wonder and benefits apply whether or not there is a blood relationship. This story is a wonderful example of that magic. This little girl, […]

Posted on: January 14, 2016

This is Too Sweet!

See the great reaction by a Mississippi woman who learns she’s going to be a great-grandmother…to triplets!

Posted on: January 13, 2016

An inspiring story of service – from Grandfather to Grandson

Imagine – a grandson, a soldier, sent half-way around the world to serve his country in South Korea, ends up serving at the same Camp his father served at 50 years ago. And what he discovers is that his grandfather is considered a hero by the local population for creating an orphanage. All these years […]

Posted on: January 11, 2016

Grandson and Bride Surprise Grandmother

Peg McCormack was devastated when she learned she could not attend her grandson’s wedding. But she still celebrated in spirit by wearing her new dress while she lie in bed, and even put on her wrist corsage. Take a look at what happened when bride and groom surprised her by visiting her on their wedding […]

Posted on: January 6, 2016

OK, this is a pretty funny gift for a Grandma!

Take a look at the reaction of 80 year-old Mary Ann Davis, a great-grandmother of 14, when she receives a surprise Christmas present from one of her granddaughters. When Davis, also a grandmother of 10 and mother of five, pulled out the gift, it was a 2016 calendar of hunky firefighters from Hamilton County, Ind. […]

Posted on: January 4, 2016

Do parents rely too much on grandparents to babysit the kids?

We’re guessing most parents and grandparents have experienced this balancing act between love/involvement and self-needs. A few years back when we still lived quite the distance away from my parents’ house, my mother’s good friend suggested that I pay her babysitting and gas money each time I asked her to watch my kids. Not going […]

Posted on: December 30, 2015

Entrepreneurs in service of grandparents

When you think about Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, you typically think of “cool” stuff targeted at  Millennials and other tech-savvy groups. Well, these days it would appear that the start-up world is beginning to wake up to the fact that older citizens – i.e., grandparents – have needs as well.  Here’s a story about three entrepreneurs […]

Posted on: December 29, 2015

Tuesday’s Quote

“Grandparents are similar to a piece of string – handy to have around and easily wrapped  around the fingers of their grandchildren.”  – Author unknown

Posted on: December 28, 2015

A Remarkable Grandmother…and Survivor

We ran across an amazing story written by a schoolboy in Pennsylvania about his grandmother.  He calls her Mimmy.  And she is one strong woman. Mimmy is my best friend. She also has eight distinct, primary cancers. Yes, you read that right — eight — not six, not seven, but eight distinct, primary cancers. She […]

Posted on: December 26, 2015

Now THIS grandmother really displays her Christmas spirit!

In case you need a little more Christmas, check out the unique way this grandmother displays her 2,530 ornaments. Pope said her younger great-grandchildren especially love to come over and admire her ceiling. “They love looking at them, and we play games like I-Spy. It’s like, ‘Can you find me the bauble?’ I have a […]

Posted on: December 22, 2015

Tuesday’s Quote

“On the seventh day God rested. His grandchildren must have been out of town.” – Gene Perret 

Posted on: December 21, 2015

Postcard from the Past

Imagine sitting down at a restaurant with your family, looking down and seeing…a postcard written by your grandmother! A woman got an unexpected and extremely unique Christmas gift when she sat down with her family at a recently-opened restaurant on Battlefield Boulevard. As she looked down at their table at 619 Cantina, she saw a […]

Posted on: December 19, 2015

Grandfather Salutes his Granddaughter

It’s pretty neat when your granddaughter outranks you.  Here’s a short but very sweet video of retired Staff Sergent, US Marines, James Williams giving the first salute to his granddaughter 2nd Lieutenant Charlotte Williams. Ooh Rah!

Posted on: December 17, 2015

More news on how the Grand relationship benefits all

We knew this all along but it is nice to see the Boston Globe, and others, declare it as well;  Close grandparent-grandchild relationships have healthy benefits to both sides. For grandparents, relationships with grandchildren provide connection with a much younger generation and exposure to different ideas, which might otherwise be limited. For grandkids, grandparents can […]

Posted on: December 15, 2015

Tuesday’s Quote

“By the time the youngest children have learned to keep the house tidy, the oldest grandchildren are on hand to tear it to pieces.” — Christopher Morley

Posted on: December 13, 2015

Grandparents and Snapchat: What a combination

You’ve really got to check out some of the preliminary results (and maybe enter?) of a contest going on through January 31 that encourages grandparents to learn to use their smartphones to connect with their grandchildren. DoSomething.org partnered with Mentor Up for the “Grandparents Get Wired” campaign to teach seniors how to use their smartphones […]