Grandma, Grammy, Nanny and Mimi; PapPap, Grampy, Papa and Grandad. Nana, Moms, Yaya and Geika; Poppy, Pappous, G-pa and Nonno. Granny, Ama, Abuela and Ninny; YeYe, Gampy, Popsi and Puppa. Mema, Grandy, MomMom and G-ma; Pops, Saba, G-daddy and Grumpy. Bubbe, Ga, Meemaw and Gram; Zayde, PopPop, Pa and Pappy. Grandmom, Gee, Nonna and Momsy; Poppa, Papi, PawPaw and Grandaddy.
No matter the name, it all means the same: the wisest and most wonderful people in the world.
Ask a Skylemar boy about his grandparents and he beams with pride. It’s the same glow that a parent has when talking about their child. It’s a true love connection.
As our cheerleaders on the bleakest days, they’re the first we call when the news is good. After all, bragging is permissible when it comes to them.
Asked a Sky guy what makes grandparents special, and he said, "They’re always there when you need them.”
What’s that mean?
“Like if you’re feeling down, they make you think on the bright side.”
How else are they special? “They like to spoil us”. Very cool how they put this. Big difference between that and “they buy me things”.
“She’s good at cooking". Which foods? We heard "…cookies, meatloaf, Baklava, Shepherd’s Pie, black eyed peas and Key lime pie...." That's quite a variety! Favorite answer: “She makes a mean take-out pizza.”
“They teach us stuff," said one, "...chess, fishing, sailing...and how to have a strong grip when shaking hands," among the lessons.
Then there’s Solitaire, Blackjack and Poker, so please note: your son knew how to gamble long before Sade’s Palace. Thanks, Grandpa!
One said, “They know a ton of things because they’re old.” Sorry about that one.
And from another, “They always make excuses like my back hurts.” Sorry again.
The boys love to listen to stories that grandparents share. But remember that secrets are not safe with these guys. For example, one said “They have these funny expressions. Instead of saying that they have to go the bathroom, they ask if we can make a pit stop.”
Or…, “My grandma always screams at my grandpa because of his driving.”
And…"She buys EVERYTHING.”
Some live as close as the same apartment building, while others live far away. Some are so far that we can never see them, but still know that they’re watching from above.
Most are actually related, but some are “adopted”. Having a loving older person in a child’s life is the important part.
Occasionally, a grandparent will visit their grandson at camp. It’s a fun and exhausting time. Nevertheless, we know that every G-ma and PopPop is here in spirit, every day and all the time.
So, to those who mean so much to us, and actually, those whom we'd never be at Skylemar without - THANK YOU! We love you to the Sky and back!