How true those words are. Whether you are lucky enough to still have your grandparents with you or whether you only have beautiful memories now, a great deal of us will declare, hand on heart, that our granny is one of the best people in our lives.
While I am sure I can’t speak for everyone, many people have an extra special place in their heart for nan – the point where she isn’t just your mum or dad’s mother, she’s also your best friend.
If you are one of those who is fortunate to have that amazing bond with your grandmother, here are 17 things you can relate to:
1. Granny’s house is your second home
You are just as comfortable here are you are in your own home, no matter what your age is. You can enter without knocking, help yourself to tea and have your own space on the sofa. You just have to make sure you take your shoes off at the door.
2. She always has sweet treats
A sweetie bowl on the table, a packet of toffees in the car and a kitchen cupboard full of cake-like delights, Granny knows we all have a sweet tooth and won’t judge us for it. And she always knows that you can manage a bigger slice of Battenburg than anyone else.
3. Her meals are to die for
Home cooked food is at its peak when your nan makes it. With my granny, her unbeaten and unreplicated dish is a mean shepherd’s pie (secret ingredient – actually no, I’d better not). With yours, it could be any manner of comforting, stodgy meals that you have enjoyed since childhood. No-one does it quite the same.
4. She gives the best hugs
They take every problem away.
5. She keeps your secrets
Grandma is always team you. If you need to talk about something sensitive or something you don’t want to go any further, she is your gal. Nothing will leave that room if you don’t want it to.
6. And she is an amazing listener
Mum and dad will jump in with advice or criticisms, friends will try to show you the bright side and bae will just worry – but Granny will hear you out, nod when needed and you will have her undivided attention. You won’t feel like you’re bothering her or being silly, she cares no matter what the problem.
7. She then gives the best guidance
Granny has lived a life full of experiences – very little you can tell her will surprise her or leave her unable to advise you on. If you take any advice to heart in this world, make sure it’s your gran’s. She knows, okay? She knows.
8. She doesn’t judge you
You might have made a mistake, you might be a bit of a rogue or you might have even done something that not even you yourself can defend. And yet Granny will always see the good in you, she is your biggest fan. She might scold you for this behaviour – but disown you? NEVER.
9. Her house is always cosy
Another bar on the fire? Oh, go on then.
10. She’s generous
You will never leave empty handed. Granny must have a grandchild budget – and you always seem to reap the rewards. Even though she knows she doesn’t have to, she just loves to spoil you.
11. She doesn’t sugar coat life truths
Over the years, your nan has learned that there is no use beating around the bush. Therefore, if she wants to say something, she will say it. She doesn’t have time to mollycoddle or dance around the truth – if you need her to set you straight, she will do it properly. And then give you a cuddle and a Werther’s Original.
12. She has the best sense of humour
13. She doesn’t dismiss your knowledge
Your Granny has a lot of life experience and probably knows far more than you – and yet she will always understand and embrace the fact that you can teach her too. She will ask you for internet lessons or help sending an e-mail – and then she will probably surpass you and be a web genius in no time.
14. Chilling with nan is the best
Lots of snacks, a warm house, her spoiled cat curled up between you and an episode of The Chase on the box? This is a true night in and those who have their grans appreciate them. Those who don’t miss them in a huge, aching way.
15. She always teaches you something
Whether it’s a historical fact, what old money used to look like or what your dad was like as a baby, your gran never fails to fill your head with new information.
16. She’s always glad to see you
Life is always busy but no-one’s face will light up at your arrival quite like your gran’s. If you turn up, she will cancel plans, whack a whopping great casserole into the oven and give you 100% of her focus. In a world where everything has become a stressful race, than can be no better feeling.
17. She makes you a better person
Your one target in life is to be half the person that your Granny is. If she manages to guide you towards achieving that, then you know you have nothing to worry about. Your inspiration, Gran will always be your best friend, whether she is still with you or not.