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    12 things grandmas can't do

    Grandmas can do some pretty amazing things. That's not too surprising, though, considering that they're mothers super-sized into grandmothers. Their super powers are practically a given.

    There are, though, a few things grandmas can't do. At least 12, in fact.

    things grandmas cannot do

    Grandmas cannot send letters, cards, and boxes through the mail to grandkiddos without first plastering stickers all over the package.

    Grandmas cannot avoid the words "precious" and "adorable" when conversing with other grandmothers.

    Grandmas cannot keep their arms at their sides and out of "hug" position when greeting grandkiddos at the door. They're especially inept at this at the airport.

    Grandmas cannot stop pinning ideas for fun and food for grandchildren. At least not those grandmas on Pinterest, anyway.

    grandma's briefs on Pinterest

    Grandmas cannot help but feel their hearts crack a bit when hearing of other grandmas who aren't allowed to see their grandchildren.

    Grandmas cannot abide an empty cookie jar. If not for the sake of the grandkiddos, then for the sake of the grandpas.

    Grandmas cannot pass the baby department in any retail store without taking a peek at an item. Or two. Or 10.

    Grandmas cannot throw away greeting cards and letters from grandchildren.

    Grandmas cannot throw away a child's artwork, either. Even when the artwork looks like this:

     child scribbles

    Grandmas cannot turn down an offer of a cup of imaginary tea or a piece of plastic pizza. At least not when it's offered by a child.

    Grandmas cannot turn down a request for sponsoring a grandchild in a walkathon or purchasing gift wrap or cookies for a child's fundraiser, either.

    Grandmas cannot hug grandchildren hard enough, long enough, or often enough to keep her heart from missing them when they're far away.

    Today's question:

    What else can grandmas not do?

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    Reader Comments (22)

    I think you got them all.

    December 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercranky old man

    How dear and sweet this post is, Lisa. It is a special role, grandmothering is. Very special!

    December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Cassara

    What a wonderful list Lisa. I think you touched on everything that tugs on a Grandma's heart strings. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

    December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRenee Spindle

    You came up with a very comprehensive list but the one that popped into my head was: Grandparents can't stop the painful burn of tears forming spontaneously in their eyes when the distance between them and their grandchildren crosses their mind.

    Sweet, and TRUE post.

    December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    I particularly love #s 10 and 12! And now I can't stop smiling! Thanks Lisa!

    December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRuth Curran

    I'm not there yet, but I've heard these quite a bit! I'll take your word for it.

    December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTam Warner Minton

    Thank goodness grandmas can't do any of these things. That's what makes them so special!

    December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLois Alter Mark

    Grandma's cannot pass up an opportunity to Skype or FaceTime no matter what else they are doing.

    December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCaryn/The Mid Life Guru

    Grandmas cannot be convinced that ice cream cake is not a breakfast food. (That was for my mom)

    December 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkim tackett

    Oh what a precious list! Being a grandma seems like the best thing in the whole world. Looking forward to becoming one- just not that soon!

    December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarpool Goddess

    So true, Lisa! There's only one of these that I'm hemming and hawing about. I've always wanted to be the cookie jar grandma. My daughter is very cautious about the kids eating sweets and I respect that. (The little one loves/loves/loves dessert, but also loves fresh broccoli, squash soup, etc.) At Thanksgiving, as he was very carefully eating every bit of a pumpkin/graham cracker pudding, he said, very seriously, "This is really good dessert." And, for hubby's health reasons, I can't keep sweets in the house. Oh -- idea -- what else could I put in a cookie jar that's still a treat, but healthy, that you keep on the counter. Other grandmas: what do you think? TIA for any ideas.

    December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Zimmerman

    Well, I thought I'd be a smartie pants and come up with a brilliant #13, but I can't! You've got every single one here! Brilliant!

    December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

    So true! And grandmas want to buy their grandkids EVERYTHING on their Hanukah lists and it breaks their hearts when they cannot fulfill every wish.

    December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanie Emaus

    What a sweet, sweet post! Totally gave me a smile. My mom is coming to stay with us for a few weeks on Saturday. Can't wait to see her. And get to see her delight spending time with her grandchildren. So "Precious!!" (and, yes, she uses that word all the time.)

    December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngela Weight

    Wow! Guilty as charged! Oh, and I can't help but slip a fabulous book or two into every grandchild's gift package!

    Fun list! I don't have any grandchildren but I was a grandma status when I was a teenager!

    December 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWendys Hat

    Great list. Grandma's never stop smiling over all the wonderful memories. :-)

    This Grandma can not walk the dollar bin at Target without picking up at least one glow stick of some variety! Great list! OH and a Grandma can NEVER be without her camera!

    December 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    Being a grandmother is AWESOME, wish I could see him more often. But I don't do cookies but banana and front loops

    December 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNaNa Lou

    im a "new" grandma to a 16mo old incredible little boy!
    Grandmas can't help but buy WAY more Christmas gifts for their grandchildren then for everyone else on the list! (16 for grandson 3-4 everyone else!) lol

    And Grabdmas can't help but let grandchildren up in their beds and snack on dry cereal as we watch cartoons on Saturday mornings!

    December 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam thompson

    Their is no love like a grandchild love It is awesome. The excitement when they see you or finish something they start. It is so heartwarming when to think about all the memories you have it brigs such a smile to my face😍

    December 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaulette brown

    I love these -- especially #3. I tried to picture not hugging my grandchildren, and I can't even imagine it!

    August 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChristie Hawkes

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