Parenthood is an incredible gift—it can also be incredibly challenging and exhausting, though. That’s where grandparenthood comes in; it’s the perfect blend of all of the joys of parenthood with none of the strife of discipline. Even though parents are the ones imparting most of the lessons in their children’s lives, there are some lessons that only a grandpa can teach.
Lessons Only a Grandpa Can Teach
How to Fish Properly
Sure, fathers can absolutely teach their children how to fish. There’s no rule that states otherwise. But, there is an unspoken rule that says that grandfathers are the best fishing teachers. They’re substantially more patient than fathers, and more than that, they really enjoy that extended time together—just sitting on the boat out in the middle of the lake.
When grandpas cast their lines, they’re not just teaching their grandchildren how to catch fish; they’re teaching them invaluable lessons about life, about patience, about self-reliance, and about catching and releasing (literally and metaphorically).
How to Start a Fire
Again, mothers and fathers alike can impart all of these lessons. Even still, there’s just something about the way grandpas lay these particular life lessons out. Camping with grandpa is a very sacred and special tradition, and it’s made even more momentous by the introduction of fire.
Learning how to start a fire is about so much more than just keeping warm. It’s about learning how to respect nature and its awesome power to create and destroy. It’s about harnessing elements in a useful and productive way. When grandpas teach their grandchildren how to start fires, they’re really teaching them how to fend for themselves in a wild, unpredictable world. They’re lighting the path to happiness and warmth for the rest of their lives.
How to Fix a Car
Cars have changed quite a bit since grandpa was a young man, but there are some constants that never change. Teaching grandchildren how to take care of their cars doesn’t just serve up valuable life lessons; it can also potentially save their lives. When you know what to do the moment your car starts acting out of sorts, you’re better able to handle situations on your own.
That is a gift that grandpas love to give—the gift of independence and self-assurance. Even when cars start self-driving, you can bet that grandpas will still be passing down their lessons on how to change a flat tire. It’s what grandpas do.