Who says youngsters have no time for their elders?

06 February 2014

Daisy and her gran

Who says youngsters have no time for their elders? Here, 16-year-old Daisy gives us an insight into how inspiring her gran Cecilie has been to her.


Sadly, I only have one granny, so that makes her pretty important. In fact, the role my gran plays in my life is very significant. But then she isn’t a person you can easily ignore.

She’s taught me all the key skills that she originally taught my mother, from sewing a curtain (actually, I can’t do that properly yet but Gran says I must learn before I leave home) to roasting a chicken. Then there are the things that just make Gran who she is; she’s a perfectionist and artistic, too. She tells me ‘if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well’. I’m not as much of a perfectionist, but although she probably doesn’t realise it, I do listen to her advice.

She’s is always on the go

I love my gran, I really do, but she can be a nag. I often stay with her and she’s forever berating me to get off my phone and not wear too much make-up, which can be a bit annoying. Gran doesn’t wear make-up (never has, apparently), so any amount I wear is ‘too much’. Bizarrely, though, Gran has a bit of a thing for sparkly nail polish on her toes, especially in the summer.

The women in my family all seem to work hard. Gran is 70- something (sorry, Gran!) but she doesn’t look it and she doesn’t act it, either. If she’s not sorting out a problem, she’s toiling away in her garden, dressed in Grandpa’s old shirt, hair wild and the dogs chasing around her feet. She’s always got at least one project on the go – she could be planting hundreds of bulbs or moving whole flowerbeds. She loves her garden. I can never see why these jobs need to be done in the first place, but I understand that they keep her busy now that Grandpa has died.

My tech-savvy gran

Gran’s pretty cool with technology. She uses the internet and her iPad a lot. She has a Facebook page, too. Sometimes, she’ll invite my brother and me for ‘lunch’ when in fact she needs us to teach her how to record a programme on television or some other techie thing. But I’d say Gran is open-minded – she’ll give most things a go, whether it’s trying new food or a new look. She’s also really spontaneous; if she can do something, she will. She’ll go on holiday anywhere because she says it’s important to see the world and experience new things. I think that’s pretty admirable. Sometimes, she’ll get a bit of an obsession, though. A year ago, purple clothes were her big thing. The purple bag, boots, skirt and jumper were all just about okay until she got the dogs purple collars, too.

I’ve definitely learnt loads from her. As a 16-year-old girl, I’ve grown up in a world surrounded by the buzz of technology, where you’re massively judged on your appearance. Gran brings me down to earth and makes me realise that life was very different for her as a teenager.

We laugh a lot

I think the generation gap is slowly getting closer between my gran, my mum and me. My mum has an important job but she’ll jump on my bed in the morning, or dance with me, and sing along to my music while driving. I suppose she got this silliness from Gran, who I laugh with a lot, too.

Gran loves spoiling us. But that’s what grans are for, aren’t they? She spoils the dogs, too. I often wake up to that wonderful smell of bacon cooking. I rush downstairs, stomach rumbling, to the sight of Meggie and Poppy, the West Highland terriers, tucking into their full English breakfast, with none left for me!

So that’s why my gran is so special to me. I hope I’ve done her justice. When you read this, Gran, I just want to say ‘thank you for all you do for me, and I love you’.

Come on, grandparents and grandchildren, tell us what makes your relationship special, feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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