My grandparents are the loveliest people in the world, for they can conjure up
images of an era long past through their interesting recollections of their
lives, as well as understand instinctively what I feel when I am in conflict
with my parents. Thus, it has always amazed me when I hear that my friends are
not just distant from their grandparents but secretly dislike them as well for
being slow and traditional.
We must understand that grandparents are a
valuable resource for transmitting values and culture to the next generation.
Without their experiences, we would not be where we are today. They are a
treasure trove of memories, which lends
credence to the values that they are trying
to teach the younger generation. The generation gap comes about only when we are
too impatient to try to understand or communicate with them. With parents so
busy, grandparents are the best for passing down instruments oral history and
Furthermore, they are worthy of our respect because they are living
testimonies to the values they uphold. Having lived such a long time, they would
have gone through many hardships, experienced changes in the socio-political
climate as well as the changing fortunes of the world. In fact, many of them
would have had first-hand experience of the second World War! Such experiences
are invaluable because they attest to our grandparents' success in having come
out on top of the situation.
Also, grandparents are good caretakers of children. Traditionally, all
grandparents wait anxiously for the arrival of their grandchildren, as it would
mean that they can now enjoy the company of the bundles of joy. Grandparents are
very proud of their grandchildren, and often do a good job of taking care of
them. In fact, they have such a wealth of experience bringing up children that
one should not be in doubt over their suitability as caregivers.
Yet, grandparents are vulnerable to age and illnesses that debilitate them.
When the society starts to view them as useless baggage, they are dealt with a
cruel blow to their self-esteem, especially when they had spent more than half
their lives toiling for their family. At times like this, they require a great
deal of love and care so that they can live their
twilight years content in the knowledge that they are appreciated.