He knew you needed someone who isn’t afraid to give you tough love, but also the adoring kind of love that makes you feel like you can conquer the world.

So God made a grandpa.

He knew you needed someone you could look up to, someone who would teach you about the satisfaction that comes from a hard day’s work and a job well done.

So God made a grandpa.

He knew you needed someone to show you what decades of devotion, faithfulness, and love looks like. To love Grandma just as much after 20, 30, 40, and 50 years as he did when he first held her hand all those years ago.

So God made a grandpa.

He knew you would need someone to remind you to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life. Someone to sneak you candy and slide you that extra piece of pie when Mama wasn’t looking.

So God made a grandpa.

He knew you needed someone to tell you what it was like in the “good old days” when you connected with your neighbors over a cup of coffee instead of through a text message. Someone to remind you how important it is to get together in person with those you care about.

So God made a grandpa.

He knew you needed someone to give you a nickname like “Peanut” or “Pumpkin” and that you would remember this nickname for the rest of your life.

So God made a grandpa.

He knew you needed someone who would teach you your family’s history, someone who would remind you of your strong roots, but would encourage you to find your own path in life.  

So God made a grandpa.

He knew when you became a parent yourself, how much immense joy it would bring to see your own dad holding your baby for the first time. He knew in those early days, weeks, and months of parenthood you would need a reassuring hug and a “you’ve got this” from someone who had experienced this all before you.

So God made a grandpa.

He knew you needed someone who would always have a sparkle in his eye, and would recognize that same glimmer shining in your own eyes.

So God made a grandpa.

He knew you needed someone you could always confide in, someone who would love you no matter what, and would always be your biggest fan.

So God made a grandpa.

For all the grandpas who are still on this Earth and to the ones who will forever live in our hearts and memories, thank you for being such a treasured part of our lives.

Mary Ann Blair

Mary Ann Blair is a stay-at-home mom living in the Pacific Northwest with her two little gentlemen and hubs. She loves connecting with other parents who like to keep it real! Her work has been published on Her View From Home, Perfection Pending, That’s Inappropriate, Pregnant Chicken, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Red Tricycle and in Chicken Soup For the Soul. She can be found at miraclesinthemess.com or on Facebook at Miracles in the Mess