The Wonder of Grandparents

He’d make a trap out of his index and middle fingers. Never failed – in my finger would go. “Ouch!,” with giggling. Smarts and comfort weren’t priorities.

“It’s one of nature’s ways that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us.” Igor Stravinsky

The man of finger torture was my grandfather, Dada. What a character! He didn’t say much – and he and my grandmother certainly didn’t have much – but I never doubted their love.

There likely wouldn’t have been the where-with-all or room. But if something tragic happened to our parents, somehow my brother and I would have been accommodated.

The Wonder of Grandparents

There’s such wonder – power – in a sweet relationship with a grandparent. We don’t really need scientific proof; but just in case, a telling article was published in the April edition of Current Directions in Psychological Science.

The piece was written by David A. Coall, of Australia’s Edith Cowan University, and Ralph Hertwig of the University of Basel, Switzerland.

The words of Dr. Coall…

“Evolutionary perspectives on the post-reproductive years have highlighted grandparenthood as an unusual feature of the human lifespan that is only shared with one or two other species, such as some whale species.”

Curious minds wanting to know, Coall and Hertwig set out to determine why grandparents are motivated to invest such huge amounts of time and resources in their grandchildren.

Interestingly enough, they found very few articles regarding the phenomenon in Western society.

But what they did find was striking, though not surprising…

Grandparents can substantially increase the odds of survival for a little-one during infancy and childhood.

And that equates to grandparents having a tremendous potential impact upon public health.

Let’s Close

The wonder of grandparents – what’s it all about? Well, Coall and Hertwig are calling for more research. But until it’s conducted, and the results are in, they’re willing to acknowledge the obvious…

It may very well be nothing more complicated than being there.

“Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.” Welsh Proverb

Are you a grandparent? Soon to be? Here’s a link to As they say, “It’s great to be grand.”