by Angela Barton
“Never have children. Only have grandchildren.” With that one little statement, Gore Vidal summed up the relationship between these two generations. It seems as if nothing but love and joy follow the grandchild and the grandparent whenever the two are joined. It is only the rarest of situations that this joy does not exist between older and younger bloodlines.
For those of us lucky enough to have known our grandparents, fond memories flood our minds as we think about them. Certain smells or songs evoke their glowing presence in our memories. It is usually the case that the older a person gets, the tighter they cling to the memory of their Oma, Opa, Grandma, Grandpa, Nan, Nona, etc. As grandchildren grow older, the relationship with their beloved grandparent grows deeper. Even if death has seemed to separate the two.