They'll have so much to teach you, and if they're anything like my grandparents, those lessons will be filled with humor and love (and maybe some advice about how to save a buck or two).
I was lucky to have been born into a family of readers; bibliophilia is a genetic condition for us. Grannie used to tell me that ever since childhood she felt that she needed nothing else for happiness but a book and some bread and butter. I've always loved that image.
Our grandparents' generation lived a simpler way and, perhaps, it may have been the wisest generation of all. Here are a few lessons about life from both my grandparents and my husband's grandparents.
I was recently asked by an editor to explain why I've lived in the same place -- in New York's Hudson Valley -- for nearly 40 years. I could only think to answer the question in the guise I'm most familiar with: as the grandfather of four boys.
Is there anyone who has a child or a grandchild who has not seen or posted a digital image of this child on Facebook, Instagram or the like? My mother's refrain, "It sure wasn't like that when I grew up," is apropos, and it drives home the point that times have indeed changed.
The Pope has left the building. He inspired hope. Now it's our turn to respond by acting on that hope.
Facebook recently crept over 1.23 billion monthly active users, while over the past few days the social media giant's site has crashed, leading to multiple catastrophes across this great land.
Over a holiday weekend, it's always our hope to have the company of our preschool grandchildren. And after they leave, it's our hope to someday get all of our electronics working again.
If there is a grandmother alive who doesn't love to talk about her grandchild, I haven't met her. Grandmothers adore talking about their grandchildren. Especially when the little ones are babies. I haven't experienced being a grandmother firsthand. I'm behind scheduled in that department.
Like an anthropologist who practices participant observation I have come to discover that 8-year-old boys and 84-year-old women are similar in ways that bug the crap out of me.
"It's as personal as it can get. There are good days and bad ones, but it's a very personal fight worth staying in the long run for. He's my grandson...
"Speaking of class differences..." began the distraught 60-something woman whom I'll call Elizabeth (in honor of the Queen). As she put down her glass of wine, she launched into a several-minute tirade about her daughter-in-law's decision to pierce the baby's ears. In her mind, it was not "right."
Whether assisting with care, finances or fun -- grandparents, grand-aunts and uncles and grandfriends are stepping up to make sure the children in their lives succeed.
Does grandma get to see your baby regularly? Grandmothers who take care of their grandchildren once a week, a small study showed, may be at lower risk of developing Alzheimer's.
After 80 years, Social Security has stood the test of time. It is incredibly efficient, spending less than a penny of every dollar on administration -- the remaining 99 cents is paid in benefits. The question isn't can we afford to expand Social Security. As the wealthiest nation in the world, at the wealthiest moment in our history, there is no question that we can afford to expand Social Security. The real question is how can we afford not to do so.