"What is it that usually attracts young children to their grandparents in a way that mum or dad could never aspire to? That is of course until they become grandparents themselves!
Some think it to be no more than those little extra treats that fat-conscience mums and dads don't allow, whereas others hold the view that it something more special and child absorbing. I have always thought that they tend to give their grandchildren those little treats and allow them to break those parental rules that their own parents never did! Perhaps they understand each other so readily because, in their own experiences, they have shared the same enemy; the mother or father!
I recall being a child and loving being in the presence of my grandparents. Despite their craggy-lined faces (that I always believed concealed sixty years of accumulated dirt), I never once thought them to be too old. In fact, they had the capacity to live in my world, enjoy the same things and magic that I enjoyed and never run short of patience to explain whatever I asked or find the time to adequately explain it. Even when they gave me breakfast, they would sprinkle more sugar on my porridge than my mother ever would.
It is believed that grandparents are no more than a mother or father who has been given a second chance at parenthood, but I like to believe that old people live a second childhood. Thank God for that! Grandparents have much more than silver hair to offer their children's offspring; they have golden hearts and understand magic." William Forde: May 13th, 2017.