Megan Elizabeth said she wants to spend as much quality time as she can with her grandfather, who's 92.
Nothing cheers up grandparents more than their grandchildren visiting. There's something unique about the bond between grandparents and their grandchildren. Some of my favorite childhood memories involve being with my grandparents and listening to their lifetime of stories. Megan Elizabeth has grown up sharing a close bond with her grandparents and recently shared how her 92-year-old grandfather got lonely and invited her for a sleepover. Elizabeth's grandmother passed away a few years ago and her grandfather now lives alone. “I haven’t been feeling well and miss you. We can order food and watch a mystery show. Love, grandpa,” he wrote in an adorable text to her.
She's aware that her grandfather's old and she needs to take every opportunity to spend quality time with him. She told him she was coming over and asked if he needed anything. He replied, "Could you pick up applesauce? The cinnamon kind. And if you go somewhere with mashed potatoes, I would like that because I have no teeth and can only eat soft things. Ha!” He then sent a separate text asking her to bring some strawberry ice cream and added, "Thank you. You are my favorite granddaughter." Megan had a little laugh as she is his only granddaughter. Their conversation is as wholesome as it can get.
She drove to a KFC and a grocery to pick up the things her grandfather requested and headed for his home. They watched his favorite black and white mystery show before heading off to bed. To her surprise, her grandfather led her to the old bedroom where she always slept with her siblings when they were kids. He made the bed for her just like he always did and placed a bottle of water by the bed, in case she got thirsty in the night. He also handed her a flashlight in case she got scared. She posted a clip of her lying on the bed and wrote, “Staying here brings back so many good memories from my childhood. I love my grandpa so much!”
Elizabeth had to leave early for work and he woke up at 5.30 a.m. just to say goodbye to her and see her off at the door. She revealed that she had lived in the same house as her grandparents until her family could afford a place of their own. “I am so lucky to have grown up with my grandpa and my grandma (rest in peace),” she wrote. “I feel so happy. I am thankful for my grandpa and he will never understand how much love he truly has shown me. And more importantly, the love he showed my grandma while she was alive. I believe in love and loyalty because of this man. He is my hero.” Her grandmother passed a few years ago from Alzheimer’s.
Studies have shown that kids growing up with their grandparents tend to be happier. Grandparents play a very important role in the well-being of a child, according to an Oxford University study. As we reported, children who have tightknit relationships with their grandparents tend to have fewer problems, both emotional and when it comes to their behavior. In addition to this, children also have less difficulty when interacting and maintaining relationships with peers. The study, completed by Professor Ann Buchanan from the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, surveyed more than 1,500 children and showed that increased involvement from grandparents can be crucial in a child's development. Furthermore, the study found that while grandmothers take on a more nurturing role, grandfathers become mentors to their grandkids.