What kind of memories do you have of your grandparents?

@Porcospino (16435)
Denmark
April 23, 2010 1:14pm CST
Today I was driving around in the area where my grandparents used to have a summer cottage. It was a strange experience to see the area again and to see their old house. It belongs to another family now, but it still looks like it did in the past. That house, the trees, the beach and everything else remind me of the time that I spent there when I was a child. I have a lot happy memories from that time My grandfather died 20 years ago, and a few years later my grandmother sold the house, but I still remember the midsummer nights we spent there and the other holidays. What kind of memories do you have of your grandparents? Have you ever visited a place again after many years? What was it like to see the place again?
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@marmar75 (168)
• Australia
24 Apr 10
My grandmother has retired from teaching when I was a preschooler, so she was like my babysitter at home, while both my parents were at work and my older siblings at school. I remember we were so poor back then that sometimes, my grandma would bathe me in a small tub of water and use laundry soap to wash my hair, because we had no shampoo. My grandma loves to sew, so naturally, I grew up beside the sewing machine. She loves sewing me beautiful dresses. One time, she was making this beautiful pale green dress with cute floral embroidery, and she told me that it was for someone else, because somebody ordered it from her. But actually, she was just trying to trick me, because it was supposed to be a surprise birthday gift for me, but since I always see it at home, it didn't seem such a surprise for me anymore, so she made up that story.
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@Porcospino (16435)
• Denmark
24 Apr 10
I think it was really sweet of her to surprice you with the dress. I have never been good at sewing, but I love receiving the clothes that my relatives have made for me. It is more personal than the clothes you can buy in a shop.
@checkmail (2042)
• India
24 Apr 10
Grandparents - This is an image of Grandparents
Hello Porcospino i still love a lot, mine grandparents, they were the sweetest perons on the earth for me.As been in a good family was brought up systematically.In vacations used to visit my grandparent and use to spend quality time, with fun an learning.Well the experiences with my grandparents were sweet and a few sour, but all worked for me in good faith.(Lawyer)Even they used to defend us from our parents in case of some mistake(big one).Few times have visited my native village and remembered them at that time, even now miss them just keep on staring their photo frames, whenever miss them.They were nearly like an angel to me, have got good knowledge, habbit , life etc stuff.Anyways keep it up and Happy mylotting.
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@Porcospino (16435)
• Denmark
24 Apr 10
It sounds like you have a really close relationship to your grandparents. I feel the same way about my maternal grandmother. She always helped me and when there was a problem between me and my parents she defended me. She taught me a lot of different things and she shoved me how to solve different problems etc, I will always remember the advice that I received from her.
• United States
24 Apr 10
I only have good memories of my grandparents, my grandfather was the only father figure I had in my life as a young child. My uncle actually owns and lives in the house that my grandfather built.
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@CarlHalling (3631)
• United Kingdom
24 Apr 10
I have memory of only one of my grandparents. She passed on when I was only 17 years old, and she was my paternal grandmother. She was an Englishwoman, born Phyllis Mary Pinnock in London I believe, but she spent a good part of her life away from mainland Britain, notably in France and Spain. We knew her as Mary. She was married three times to my knowledge, and had three children one of whom is my dad. In her youth, she'd been beautiful. When I knew her, she had the most extraordinary thick hair of white streaked with black. She loved to sail. She loved dogs. When she passed, we inherited one of her dogs, a little sandy coloured mongrel called Charlot, allegedly originally a stray whom Mary had adopted while in Spain. She was a remarkable woman.
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
24 Apr 10
Yes, I used to have fond memories of my grandparents. This feeling really brought me back in time, back to memory lane. My father used to wear a British safari hat wherever he goes. He said it is to protect his head. He was a strong man who used to chop the woods for firewood. He can swing the axe very well. My grandmother loves to count money. She used to put all her money and gold in a self-made belt. At night she will take them out and count, keep it and tie around her waist during sleep at night. Both of them are no longer with us, but they certainly have left their footprints in our life :)
@tomitomi (5442)
• Singapore
24 Apr 10
Dainty, cute, soft spoken, traditional, huggable, loveable. That's what my grandma was. Above all it was her unconditional love that meant so much to me and which I've rightfully placed deep in my heart. To return to her birthplace, to return to the same house she once lived has always been very sentimental, very precious, priceless. And I've never been bored as my continue to visit her grave and send her all my prayers, my love and blessings, for so many years now.
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
24 Apr 10
My grandparents used to live at a metal cottage. It is still there at a village. My father born there, I born there. My two sisters also born there. Now none live there. One caretaker looks after the cottage. I feel that cottage is our root. We never sell our ancestor's home. We feel it a sacred place. Sometimes we visit that home and remember our childhood memory. Very sweet memory.
@Masmasika (1922)
• Philippines
24 Apr 10
All my grandparents have passed away but I have a very vivid vision of them teaching me how to do things and guiding me as well. They are all very kind and thoughtful and I haven't forgotten what they taught me about life. The houses where they used to live are still in our place, in fact I could still smell them in the old houses where they used to live.
@salonga (23676)
• Philippines
24 Apr 10
Sadly I did not have the chance to know my grandparents on both sides. My Mom and my Dad's parents passed away before my time so I did not have the chance to enjoy their loving arms. Nevertheless, on my Mother's side the sister and brother of her Dad and Mom were still living and they were the ones who gave me all the love and care. I so loved them and they so pampered me. They were carrying me all the time, bringing me to the farm and giving me all the fruits that I so loved. Now they were also gone but their memories still lingers and I cherished those memories.
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• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Apr 10
Hi Porcospino, I have so many good memories of my late grandparents. they love taking us to a walk, giving us extra allowances and those stories about wars. the third world war that they experienced. they were still kids then. i love listening to their stories about myths, origins and ghosts. above all, the wisdom that they share about life's learnings are what i truly appreciated.
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• China
24 Apr 10
Hi, friend. It's always a regret to me that i know nothing about my grandparents. They had already passed away when i was born and i didn't even have the chance to see what they were like in a picture. My mom used to tell me something about them, like how kindly they were to her among all her siblings. Looking at other childhood friends loved and caressed by their beloved grandparents was a pain to me. I even grew jealous of them. Now that i'm an adult, i still think of my grandparents from time to time. In my imagination, they must be very kind.
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• China
24 Apr 10
I missed my grandparents so much.When I was a Little child,my grandparents passed away.I have somethig fresh memories with them,especially when I saw the old house they lived before.But there is no one lived in there.The same tree,flowers in the same place,just like you.
@yugasini (12748)
• Anantapur, India
24 Apr 10
hi porcospino, the sweet memories of olden days are remarkable,everybody must have some memories about the childhood days,when ever we remember those days,once again we are thinking that we are in those days,the things,the friends,grand parents,trees ,beaches old house will be very important to note in our child hood days,neither i have seen parents of my father and i have seen the mother of my mother,still i remember her house,may be it was sold out some 30 years back,next month i am visiting Tadipatri that is my mothers native place,i will try to see that old house,still it was there or demolished to build a new house,let me see what happen,have a nice day
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• India
23 Apr 10
The memories of my grandparents are some of my most cherished memories. I remember almost every single detail about the time when we were together. I am from India and here grandparents mostly live in the countryside. So I used to visit them every summer. We have a huge bungalow there and I remember playing inn the farms. It used to be very fun and interesting. I still visit my grandparents place as my grandmother is still alive, and I dont think I will stop going even after her time. The whole village is fond of me and look after me as if I am their own child(Indian culture). I am indebted to you for starting this discussion.