When parents aren’t there, it is a blessing to have grandparents that step up.
They step up into a role they didn’t necessarily ask for.
And sometimes it’s a role they never really wanted.
They might even be a little too old and a little too tired – but they step up anyway – out of love.
Like a soldier who sacrifices for a nation he loves, they lay down another part of their lives for a family member they would never leave behind.
Bless the grandparents – and other family members – that love the children in their lives like that.
“My grandparents—Mamaw and Papaw—were, without question or qualification, the best things that ever happened to me. They spent the last two decades of their lives showing me the value of love and stability and teaching me the life lessons that most people learn from their parents. Both did their part to ensure that I had the self-confidence and the right opportunities to get a fair shot at the American Dream.”
–J. D. Vance , Hillbilly Elegy