Mama and Popa picked Che up from school today and drove him home to their little cottage (the house I grew up in). Che requested an early supper of just-caught Australian salmon (with lemon) so when I arrived Popa was cooking on the gas stove outside. I admired the progress on his wood fire oven and before long conversation turned to pizzas and twilight meals alfresco.
I really love watching my parents with my children. My grandparents always lived overseas and as a child I never once felt like I was missing out. But when I became a parent I suddenly understood the importance of that relationship. It's a unique bond made all the more special by undivided attention, sweet treats and enormous love.
Daniel and I sometimes talk of moving somewhere new but we always come back to our parents - the Grandparents. Their devotion, love and support of our little family means so much. At the moment we just can't imagine leaving.
What do Grandparents mean to you now that you're a parent?
So many of Daniel's childhood memories involve his Grandparents. I'm so honoured to wear his Grandma's eternity ring as my engagement ring. When Daniel first put it on my finger it fit perfectly - it was like we had her blessing.