Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.
Knowledge is power.
I could not see my grandparents, however, I saw the sister of my grandfather and mother of my mother. Only my eldest sister and brother could saw our grandfather. Nowadays young people do not marry at an early age. They like to marry when they are well settled and this is why the majority of young guys cross 30+ when they marry.
I am lucky enough to spend a lot of time with my grandparents. I stayed with my grandparents till I completed my 5th standard. Afterwards, also I used to go to their house many times in a year. During my gradation again I stayed with them for 3 years. My grandfather used to narrate stories very nicely and in a very interesting way. Even my sons used to hear stories from him. He used to entertain children for a long time by narrating different stories.
Now I am trying to spend time with my grandchildren. Both of my granddaughters will be sitting with me and the elder one sleeps with me. I tell her stories from various epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata.
I am not sure whether this will be happening in future . Nowadays people spent more years for acquiring higher academic qualifications and then want to settle in a good job before getting married. This also results in having children in their earlier thirties to mid forties. Added to this, a good number of young couples are migrating to other countries . All these result in nuclear families and the possibility and occasions of grandparents staying with their grand children has become very minimum. It mostly happens as periods of small vacations or visits either side.
Usually children get pampering and more liberty and indulgence from grandparents. The same grandparents would not have given so much pampering to their own children when they were young parents. So they just would like to compensate for that by showering all those selfless love,affection,care and pampering on the grandparents. Children also love and yearn for that. Bedtime stories narrated by grandparents is something any child will relish.
Hence considering present day situation and trend I agree that those are lucky who has spent their childhood with grandparents.
Had I seen him, I would have become an expert in one of the above-mentioned fields. That is fate.
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