Grandparents are the cutest people you would know. They come from an era that’s gone with the wind and it’s they who can tell us what was, what is and what’s the difference. These children-at-heart love us like anything and all they want from us is a smile when we speak to them. It doesn’t take you dollars to make them proud of you. It’s just a little bit of time; and if you are wondering what are the things that you could possibly do for them, here’s the THINGS-TO-DO list.
10. Spend time with them:
That’s the primary rule. Even if you can’t think of anything innovative to make them feel great, just be there and you will serve the purpose. They love it when you are around. Your sheer presence makes a difference to them. So, just be there.
9. Laugh it out:
Your smile’s precious. For your grandparents, it’s even more. So, be cheerful with them. Be nice. There might be that odd habit of theirs that you wouldn’t particularly like, but you’ve got to understand their feelings and put that on top priority. Things become easier then.
8. Offer the helping hand:
Though they are times stronger than us, emotionally, they tend to fall a little weak, physically. That’s nature. You can’t do much about that. What you can do, though, is offer that hand of help. “You need something, granny?” That’s all.
7. Respond to what they say:
Elders hate it when you do not respond. So, do. It’s easy. You’ve just got to nod or reply to what’s being asked. If you are busy at some work you’re upto, the just say that, but do respond. That could make a huge difference at times.
6. Make them listen to new versions of old songs:
There are hardly things that go with both our generation and theirs. Remixes often do. You would have listened to your grandparents humming that popular number of the past. See if there’s a remix or a rock version to that song. If there is and if you tend to like it, make them listen to it. There’s a connect.
5. Make them an easy look-up table for medicines:
They always mess up with the medicines. After all, there are so many of them that it becomes impossible for them to remember the schedules. So, make it simple for them. Prepare for them, a simple time table. You might have to spend an hour on a Sunday doing this, but its going to help them it a big way. And hey, don’t forget to update that table for them when needed.
4. Long drive:
O wow ! This one’s surely going to be loved. A long drive followed by a picnic. Take them out, I mean to say. Once in a while it can be nice to take your grandparents out with your friends. Not always, just once in a while, may be just for a change as you might like to call it. But, your grannies will remember this forever. Remember that.
3. Listen to their stories, tell them yours:
Who doesn’t have stories? Everyone does, right? So do they. Their stories time back to the 1940’s and 50’s when they were young, in college, in love. Ask them to share their moments and then you can share yours. Often, it’s these stories that tell you that things have changed, but not everything has.
2. Surprise gifts-personalised ones:
Personalised gifts weren’t something that existed back in their times. Make use of this fact. Just imagine the smile on their face when they’ll see that picture of them framed beautifully, with a nice one-liner. Do this. I guarantee the magic that will follow.
1. The fan page principle:
Facebook’s a new thing- a new phenomena you may call it. Grands find it fascinating to know that you have so many friends out there. So, one fine evening, just create a fan page for them. Put a nice pic or two. Then get your friends to like the page. Your grandparent has a fan following now. Go brag !