"For most of us, Grandparents are very important in our lives. Often one grows up with them frequently in the background and invariably attempting to do what they didn't do with their own children; namely spoil them.
To see a grandmother cuddle her grandchild is to witness a tenderness so rare that it becomes hardly believable that one could lavish so much love upon another.They are in fact engaged in transcending generations through touch, smell and thought.
It is a wonderful yet no strange thing to observe that what granny holds in her gentle arms is much more than a new born infant;you. Granny is nurturing hundreds of years of the family ancestry. Granny is not only hugging you but is also holding in her hands, mind and heart every other child who she once gave birth to as she recalls the smell of being hugged herself by her very own mother and grandmother.
I always held a special affection for my maternal grandparents as I was born in their home in Portlaw, County Waterford. And when the time arrives for me to leave this place, part of my ashes will be returned to rest with them once more. We are all but branches of one family tree and if loving we be, we will always go out on a limb to give our brothers and sisters a helping hand whenever needed." William Forde: June 4th, 2014.