I have always had a really close bond with my parents so when the time came where I became a mom myself, I wasn’t surprised with how quickly they bonded with my kids.
Growing up, I had three sets of grandparents (thanks to one set getting divorced and remarried) and had different degrees of relationships with all of them. One pair of grandparents were geographically close, yet we couldn’t be further apart relationship-wise. Another I only saw them on a few big occasions like Christmas every few years and huge family events like weddings, my other set of grandparents (the non-divorced couple) weren’t geographically close, yet I still feel very close to them and have always valued our bond. I have always wished we lived closer (In the same country would be nice!), but even with the distance I have always felt a super-close kinship with my maternal grandparents.
I remember stories my mom would tell me of her and her grandma when she was younger and how much she loved spending time with her. And when my kids came along, I always hoped that they would have that special bond with my parents.
Since the day my kids were born (well, really the day I was pregnant with them), my parents have been building a special bond with my kids and it is amazing! I really do believe that it takes a “village to raise a child” and who better than the same village that helped mould who you are as a person?
My kids have coined my parents “Buh-um [b-uh-mm]” and “Pa” and love nothing more than spending time with them. Speed and my dad have a special bond that started when he was just a little babe. They understand each other and they look similar too. My mom and daughters have a blast doing girly things (including coloring Raru’s hair for school) and the five of them have developed such a closeness. I love watching it grow.
What I love most is it’s not all the big things that bring them together either. My dad will come over and take Speed so the two of them can go get their hair cut together, my mom will take the kids for a few hours to bake some cookies and the kids always have the best time no matter what they’re doing.
I am so thankful they have that close bond! I envision it continuing to grow and strengthen as they age and it makes me smile that they have such a great, close relationship that I’ve always wanted. I can see cute visions of them all together during the summer breaks, the kids calling their grandparents with exciting news, and the great cheering squad it gives them all.
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