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    When grandparents were cool

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    Are grandparents still cool?


    I never had the chance to know either of my grandfathers....


    When I saw the headline on iReport that says “When Grandparents were cool” – it broke my heart just a little. For the first time in my life, I’m 2000 miles away from one of my children. He has moved in with my parents, for mutual benefits: he can live there while he finds himself, and he can help out my aging parents, and my 80 year old father with Parkinson’s disease. I am so proud that he loves his grandparents and is close enough to them to do this.


    I didn’t have the luxury.


    I know that my paternal grandfather was a freemason and coal miner. I know that he fought in World War I. I know that he was a good man, and that my father called him Daddy until the day that he died – 10 years before I was born. He lived a nice long life for someone born in 1887.


    I know that my maternal grandfather was also a coal miner. I know that he was not as nice of a man, but was taken from this earth far too young – at the age of 53, most likely as a result of working in those mines.

    Now that people are living longer, kids have the opportunity to get to know and spend time with their grandparents in ways that I couldn’t. If your grandparents live in a nursing home, assisted living, or even just half way across the world – make the effort to go see them. Call. Teach them to Skype, if they are up for it. Ask questions. Learn about your family history from the source.


    For me, a large part of my family history is coming from Ancestry.com. While it is great fun to sort through the documentation on Ancestry, it’s not the same.


    Have you ever been asked the question, if you could spend a day with anyone – past, present, or future – who would it be?


    I know my answer to that question. My grandfather. Who not only had 10 children, worked in the coal mines, was a good husband and father, but also created my father – who is so awesome my 21 year old son wants to live with him and get to spend as much time as he can with him in his aging years.


    Cherish your grandparents, for those of us that never had the chance.

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