I dredged this up in an old archive. Thought it worth sharing:
There are just some things in life that a child should only learn from grandpa. I’ve had the distinct pleasure of teaching some of these to my older granddaughter and am looking forward with great anticipation to teaching her more this year and going round two with her younger sister.
For example, last year princess flew a kite for the first time with grandpa. Grandpa taught her to say “rattszelfat” or “fooeydangle” or “shucksgollydarnalltoheck” when things went wrong. These, of course, are much better words than grandpa used to use when things went wrong.
It is best if grandpa teaches a child just the right spot to tickle her daddy, or how to ride on the back of someone who “walks like an elephant”, swinging an arm with each step. (Get ‘em young on this one, they get HEAVY)
A grandpa, is the right one to teach a child how to count monopoly money, or to memorize that “favorite book” of one of her parents.
Who better than grandpa to help a child learn what mommy or daddy did when they were the same age as the child is now?
I have some really, really important things to teach my elder granddaughter this year: how to shell a peanut, spitting watermelon seeds, why our flag has 50 stars.. I’ll come up with more.
Now, my things may not be the same list as yours.
But whatever is those things are, there are some things a child should only learn from her grandpa! (or grandma of course)
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