This adorable letter has been shared online for several years. The words come from a young 4-year-old girl, and were jotted down by her grandmother. The grandmother worked at a flower shop and one day her 4-year-old granddaughter was visiting. As the grandma went about her tasks at the flower shop, the 4-year-old began explaining to her what a grandmother and grandfather were. The grandma decided to write down her very special, and certainly adorable take on these issues. Through them, I couldn’t help but notice that children really do often understand things that we adults easily forget. This story is about what is important in life.
A grandmother is a lady who has no children of her own, so she likes other people’s little girls. A grandfather is a man grandmother. He goes for walks with the boys, and they talk about fishing and tractors and like that. Grandmas don’t have to do anything except be there. They’re old, so they shouldn’t play hard or run.
It is enough if they drive us to the market where the pretend horse is and have lots of dimes ready. Or if they take us for walks, they should slow down past things like pretty leaves or caterpillars. They should never, ever say hurry up.
Usually, they are fat, but not too fat to tie kids’ shoes. They wear glasses and funny underwear. They can take off their teeth and gums. They don’t have to be smart, only answer questions like why dogs hate cats and how come God isn’t married? They don’t talk baby talk like visitors do, because it is hard to understand. When they read to us they don’t skip or mind if it is the same story again.
Everybody should try to have [a grandmother], especially if you don’t have a television, because grandmas are the only grown-ups who have got time.
This little girl manage to really describe a problem that is all too common today – that adults do not have time for their children. Please share this so we can inspire more people to be more like grandmothers 🙂
We must always have time for our children.