“You can spoil them with treats then send them home.”
“It’s all of the fun with none of the responsibility.”
“It’s nature’s compensation for the teen years.”
These are variations on the answers I expected to hear in the spring of 2022 when I asked some friends in the 412 to share what makes being a grandparent so special. Eagerly awaiting the birth of my first grandchild in early summer, I had begun to ponder, sincerely and curiously, what could possibly top the preciousness of having my own children and watching them grow into kind, loving, accomplished adults.