Why Nanna’s Are Awesome

Ok so where do I start here, let’s begin with a question…

”How would you describe your Nanna?”

Mine is active, strong, independent, has a voice and lives her values. Hmmm describing her sounds like someone extremely familiar. Well, she has been a massive influence in my life so I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised.

I travelled up north this weekend to see her, she was poorly in hospital. I gulp every time I think of her there, I know she was in the right place but I would rather she was pottering around at home, heading off in her car to art class or choir practice (yes at 91 years of age she is an independent little thing!). She is Queen Bee of the McShane’s and seeing her little frail figure resting made me just want to get all the cotton wool and bubble wrap in the world and put it around her. She might have a more frail posture but she was on form! On publishing this post I am pleased to report that she is now home and hopefully resting (she doesn’t sit still for long!).


What is it about Nanna’s that make everything all ok again? Growing up, anytime I had a problem I would talk to her about it and whether it’s due to her wise nature or experience, I always came away feeling less worried and always knew what to do to make things better. They seem to give hugs which can dispel any negativity, doubt or worry. Magic people they are let me tell you. They also make the best Christmas cake (I think their measurements are out of kilter as a lot more brandy seems to make its way in than shop bought cakes!) and they make killer soups!! They are patient, want to do everything for you and are always ready to listen.

When you think about it, what awesome people grandparents are.


Nanna’s are influential in all of our lives, the list is endless as to how amazing they are, here are just a few reasons why:

  • They always have time for you.
  • They will listen to you for hours, they are patient, don’t get bored and give you sound advice.
  • They totally understand if you need a Me-Day, they encourage it and tell you things like ‘You’ll be no good to anyone if you don’t get some rest!’
  • Drinking endless tea is normal. And don’t forget the biscuits!
  • They always believe in you and encourage you to follow your dreams, and if your Nanna is like mine they will ask constantly about whether you have achieved it yet! It’s like she won’t rest until she knows I have achieved my dreams. I love that.

“Grandparents sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children”

~Alex Haley

If you think about it, why can’t we all be like that now? We don’t have to wait to be grandparents to make everything alright do we?

Thank you for listening to my ramblings, I just felt that after seeing her this weekend I needed to give a big high five to my Nanna and all the other awesome grandparents out there!

N x

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