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I loved spending quality time with my grandparents. I only interacted briefly with my great-grandparents, since they were in another city.

In that respect, I feel grateful that Gy gets to spend time and learn from her great-grandmother.

Living in the same city, we try and visit her every two weeks or so. Once the vacation comes around, we try and spend a few weeks at a stretch. In this time, Gy revels in helping with the  things that her Thaathi does: washing her own clothes, putting them to dry, walking in the garden, feeding the stray cats that come home every evening, praying, playing card games and folding clothes and putting  them away.

She gets a simple satisfaction when she manages to do all of this and the quality of the time spent truly warms my heart. While the rest of us may not realise the inherent value of these little mundane tasks, Gy is soaking and imbibing the goodness that is her great-grandmother.

We have more to be thankful for than we can imagine.

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Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge

Q is for quality 

My theme for the month is : Introspection in shades of 11

Also linking this to the Ultimate Blog Challenge for April


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Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Shesha Chaturvedi · April 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Indeed your daughter is learning a lot. I miss my granny more after looking at this pic. We used to have girl to girl talks, listening to the stories of her-young-days, and her teachings. She was a very pious and selfless lady! Wish she was with us and I could get a picture with her 🙂 Quality take on Q

Donna Smith · April 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm

My children's great grandmother lived to be 105 and sharp as a tack and mobile the whole time! They were blessed to be able to visit and g!
et to know her for their whole childhood. Now we have a grandson who is able to know his great grandmother, too. I knew my own great grandmother until I was about 11. There is nothing like the connection between these vast age differences!
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meena · April 19, 2014 at 2:26 am

Ref your not only mom, I play granny role twice for kids as they don hv a granny. I was half lucky had one granny…but promise they r angels…

Danny Simon · April 19, 2014 at 3:01 am

Quality is what everyone strives for…Lovely post! Brought me memories of my grandparents!

tulika singh · April 19, 2014 at 3:11 am

We grew up with our grandparents and I feel sad that my kids aren't. Which is why this one month is invaluable and we all so look forward to it.

Inderpreet Kaur Uppal · April 19, 2014 at 3:35 am

Grandparents can be the best teachers for our children and glad to have them around.
Very sweet picture.

Sreeja Praveen · April 19, 2014 at 3:40 am

I have had my grandparents with me for almost 25 of my 29 years, and I've found every single moment with them lively, enlightening and sweet. Now that they are no more, I try to imagine what they would've done in a particular situation, and that gives me a way to decide my course of action. I miss them, but I'm grateful for the love that I received from them.
Happy for Gy, she's able to get all the wisdom and love in the world from the family 🙂
P.S : Love the 'thaathi' term. I used it for my 'thaathi', and I haven't seen many using that. Paatti is a little more common, at least in my hus's family !!

Kathy Combs · April 19, 2014 at 4:29 am

Quality time is what great memories are made of. I was blessed to have my grandparents for a long time. Unfortunately my kids have never known their grandparents…which is sad. ♥

Beloo Mehra · April 19, 2014 at 5:26 am

Happy that your daughter is able to spend some good quality time with her great- grandmother. This is what I call a feel-good post 🙂 · April 19, 2014 at 10:07 am

With today's fast-paced life, many kids get hardly any time to spend with their parents. Gy is lucky!
At the same time, Gy's great-grandmother is lucky that she can spend time with her great-granddaughter. I'm sure these interactions make her feel younger at heart.

Swathi Shenoy · April 19, 2014 at 10:50 am

i love my maternal grand parents a lot 🙂 its a pleasure to visit them every holidays.. time flies by so soon having fun there 🙂 my grandpa loves to play chess n its very difficult to beat him 🙂 n my whole tym is spent trying!

Sunila Vig · April 19, 2014 at 11:00 am

Heart warming post Shailaja 🙂 lovely pic too. So true the simple tasks performed by the elderly at their own pace and sweet acceptance do wonders for the little ones. My little daughter gets to spend time in the summer hols with my mum doing various things with her and wordlessly their is so much exchanged and absorbed.

Suzy · April 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

Your daughter is very lucky to have her great grand mother around. I was lucky I grew up with my grandmother and I'm so grateful that my children also grew up with their grandparents. children learn so much from those interactions. Lovely post.

Eli Z · April 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm

“Grandchildren are the jewels of life”- my grandmother used to say.. I am so moved to see the bond between grandparents and grandchildren – as for my own kids.. And just “hang out” – doing the everyday things… is often the most cherished moments. Lovely post, and very cute picture:-)

Michelle Liew · April 19, 2014 at 3:01 pm

To have wonderful grandparents=bliss!

Vidya Sury · April 20, 2014 at 7:29 am

All I know, I learned from my Grandmother and Mom. Time is the biggest present!

sulekkha · April 20, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I used to have a wonderful time with my grandmother, she was a fiercely independent lady. We learnt a lot from her and miss her, my kids are lucky to have both their grandmothers to pamper them. Lovely post.

Carol Graham · April 21, 2014 at 12:55 am

You are very blessed to have had these relationships. I did not know my grand parents as they were already gone when I was born and the same for my children as my parents died many years before they were born. I know the value of these relationships and envy those who have had them

Thank you for a lovely post

Carol @ Battered Hope

Aditi · April 21, 2014 at 7:26 am

This was a lovely post Shailaja! And I know what you mean… I am so grateful that my maternal grandparents are with me, healthy and happy. There are so many things to learn from them and whenever I am with them I love to soak up in their love and knowledge. God bless Gy, she indeed is blessed! Hugs

G Angela · April 21, 2014 at 10:36 am

it is blessing to have grand mother ! I loved my grandmother as a child, and miss her sometimes even now, thanks for sharing !

Rajlakshmi · April 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm

I love visiting my grandparents… the way they pamper and shower their love 🙂 it's like you are best person in the world. Loved your post.

Shilpa Garg · April 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Gy is indeed lucky and truly blessed to spend time with her great grandmother. There's so much to learn from grand parents and to bask in their love and warmth is truly priceless! 🙂

Psych Babbler · April 22, 2014 at 9:31 am

That's great that Gy gets to spend time with her great grandmother…and that she gets the same love in return! 🙂 Grandparents can be great for kids…

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