I am so glad I came across this today because just recently I was trying to explain family dynamics and roles to Ben and Emma. Ben had asked me if his granny (my mom) had any children and as much as I tried to explain to him that I was his granny’s child, he just couldn’t comprehend it.

So according to this seven or eight-year-old girl or boy, depending which website you read, a granny is…

A granny is a lady who has no children of her own so she likes other people’s little girls and boys. A grandpa is a man granny. He goes for walks with boys and girls and they talk about fishing and tractors.

Grannies don’t have to do anything but be there

They are old so they shouldn’t play hard or run. They never say ‘hurry up’. Usually they are fat but not too fat to tie children’s shoes. They don’t have to be clever, only answer questions like why dogs hate cats and why God isn’t married. The don’t talk baby talk like visitors.

When they read to us they don’t skip bits or mind if it is the same story over again

Everybody should have one, especially if you don’t have television, because grannies are the only grown-ups who have time.


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