(taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)

  • Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own but they like other people’s.
  • A grandfather is a man and a grandmother is a lady!
  • Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them.
  • Grandparents are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run but it is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.
  • Grandparents take us for walks and they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillers.
  • Grandparents show us things and talk to us about the color of the flowers and also why we shouldn’t step on the sidewalk “cracks.”
  • Grandparents don’t say, “Hurry up.”
  • Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.
  • Grandparents wear glasses and they can take their teeth and gums out.
  • Grandparents always have time to answer our questions and they always know all the right answers to everything because they have lived a long time.
  • When grandparents read to us, they don’t skip and they don’t mind if we ask for the same story over again.
  • Grandparents know we should have snack-time before bedtime and they say prayers with us every time and kiss us even when we’ve acted bad.
  • Everybody should try to have grandparents, especially if you don’t have television, because they are the only grown ups who like to spend time with us.
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