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April 23, 2013
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Brittany Arnold: Grandmas are like magic

There is something so special – so, magical – about a grandma. Mothers are special, too, but once a mother is made into a grandmother, something extraordinary happens.

Having the first grandchild on both sides, I have watched my wonderful mother and mother-in-law make this transition. It has always made me reflect on my wonderful grandma, who recently passed.

Grandmas don’t rush. They read long books without skipping pages.

Grandmas gently brush hair and braid without pulling.

Grandmas always let you win and allow pieces of chocolate for breakfast.

Grandmas have the warmest hugs and will cuddle for what seems like hours without needing anything else.

Grandmas won’t get mad for spilling or breaking something. They always smile and say, “That’s OK!”

Grandmas are always on your side.

Grandmas have bragging rights – always keeping pictures of you with them and just looking for someone to show them off to.

Grandmas skip naps and have late bedtimes. They squeeze every moment out of the day for fun and laughs.

Grandmas kiss boo-boos more than anyone, and use multiple Band-Aids.

Grandmas will always tell you how proud they are of you, how beautiful you are and how much they love you no matter what.

Grandmas will get you all the treats mommy doesn’t have and make you whatever you want.

Grandmas rarely say “no.”

Grandmas use their shirts to wipe tears and snot.

Grandmas don’t pay attention to anyone else when you are around.

Grandmas will cancel appointments, change their schedule and drive hours to be there for you.

Grandmas always have the patience to let you “help” them with everything.

There are no rules with grandmas, no battles – there are just big hugs, long laughs, yummy treats and so much love.

I love you and miss you, Grandma.

Brittany Arnold is married with a daughter and another child on the way. Read her Wednesdays on Douglas County Moms. Also check out her personal blog here.

Mothers are special, too, but once a mother is made into a grandmother, something extraordinary happens.

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