TSA #9 – Adopt some grandparents

Jan 16, 2012 by

If you are lucky enough to have your grandparents still around, go spend time with them.   If your grandparents are no longer around, adopt some new ones.

I was recently watching this really cute cooking show featuring 96 year old Clara showing us how she makes her spaghetti and it reminded me of my Nana.  Her mannerisms are similar and my Nana always used to make me the best spaghetti.

Fishing with my neighbor Don

Fishing with my neighbor Don

While both sets of our grandparents are no longer with us, we are very fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood that is filled with wonderful older people.   They have adopted us as their neighborhood grand kids and we have adopted them as our new grandparents.

I help them setup and fix their computers and they bring us fresh baked treats.  Its a wonderful arrangement.  Actually they do a lot more for us.  They are always watching our house, our dogs, and always there to help lend a tool or help with a project.

We’ve been meaning to take them out to dinner to thank them for watching our dogs and finally took the time to do it last night.  So my wife and I took two sets of our neighbors/adopted grandparents out to a cute German deli/restaurant for dinner and it was the best thing in the world.   We both asked each other why we haven’t done that sooner and how could we do it once a month moving forward.

We talked about their time in the military and all the places they have lived.  I always enjoyed hearing the stories of my grandparents and loved hearing their time of service and how they lived.  We shared a meal and laughed together as we shared stories.

This weeks Truly Simple Action is to take some time to spend with your grandparents, if you are lucky enough to still have them with you.   If your grandparents are gone, just adopt some new ones.   Invite over your older neighbors for dinner or perhaps go volunteer down at the local senior center.

I cannot wait to do this again soon and often.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions
The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

Previous TSA’s:
TSA#1 - Buy a meal for someone who needs it
TSA#2 - Go do something fun
TSA#3 - Enough with the plastic bottles
TSA#4 - Learn something new
TSA#5 - Celebrate Christmas
TSA#6 - Start off the new year with a clean room
TSA#7 - Improve
TSA#8 – Tell someone you love them

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