What I have learnt from my Grandad

What I have learnt from my Grandad

This is a little appreciation post. On this day, The 11th July 2018, my Grandad is 77 years old.

“Youngsters lack wisdom, elders lack energy! When wisdom and energy comes together great things are destined to happen!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

So without further a do, here are;

20 Things I have learnt from my Grandad

  1. The most magical gift you can give someone is a story. 
  2. To love all creatures; even clumsy worms and hairy spiders.
  3. Don’t listen to negativity. Even if its family members who say “not for the likes of us”.
  4. Always voice your opinion and stay true to yourself. Even if you do end up having an argument with Judge Judy on TV… or arguing with that pesky pigeon in the garden.
  5. Do what you love. If that’s wood work, singing, dancing etc…
  6. It’s ok to be stubborn. But it’s also okay to listen to others points of view too… “I can do a back flip!” “No you can’t Grandad” “Yes I can! watch me.” “No dad!! you can’t!!” “Yes I can ask your mother!” “He could do back flips.” “Yes could when he was 20, not in his late 60’s!” “I can do it.” “Go on Grandad!” “Don’t.” “GRANDAD, GRANDAD, GRANDAD.” “If it wasn’t for Lorrain I would be flip flaking all over the beach. blame her.”
  7. Everything tastes better on a BBQ. Even if it’s a little burnt… or uh… charcoal.
  8. No matter what life throws at you, keep calm and carry on. Even when you take the safety off your saw and saw through your fingers. Then a good 15years later when you take off the safety AGAIN and saw through the SAME fingers AGAIN! (be honest you didn’t want them did you?).
  9. Support your loved ones dreams. 
  10. Always take interest in others interests. Even if that means you are forced to watch 8 mile and listen to Eminem for 3 hours straight because you got stuck with Iya in your car and you’re not allowed your Elvis or your Il Divo CD’s on (sorry not sorry).
  11. Women can’t drive. I am joking, that’s one thing I can’t agree with you on haha so lets change that to… sometimes Ignoring someone is the best policy! haha
  12. Husbands can’t look after their own stuff. That includes phones, money etc…
  13. You should always be there for your kids/grandkids. Whether that’s for a chat or to be a taxi driver, to move frogs from one pond to another, make furniture for fairies, or even cutting out the kitchen windows from that cardboard box you were storing all your things in!
  14. Cuddles are everything. 
  15. Always take time to slow down and appreciate life. Or as he’d actually say in Cypriot; αργά, αργά (al-ga al-ga)
  16. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. That includes tops with holes in as they still have “wear in”. UNLESS its your TV. Always, even if you don’t need to, get a new TV.
  17. Unconditional love is real. 
  18. All the foods we shouldn’t eat make the tastiest snacks.
  19. It’s ok to watch your favourite films/series again again until you know all the words. Sometimes you may even learn a new language… like Klingon…
  20. But most importantly you have taught me how to be me. Yep you are partly responsible for that, you’re welcome.

“The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person” – Andy Rooney




  1. L
    11th July 2018 / 3:02 pm

    Tears in my eyes x x x

  2. 11th July 2018 / 6:11 pm

    Hope your Grandad is having a great Birthday. What a lovely post. I agree with a lot of these, (apart from women can’t drive lol) I do especially agree on no 18 🙂

    • iyalouisa
      11th July 2018 / 9:07 pm

      It’s fine I don’t agree with that either haha!

  3. Ann Snook
    11th July 2018 / 7:36 pm

    The one about husbands not keeping track of their own things is so true!!! haha. Sounds like you have a great relationship with your grandpa . . . I’m sad I don’t get to see mine often.

    • iyalouisa
      11th July 2018 / 9:07 pm


  4. 11th July 2018 / 10:47 pm

    There is always so much to learn from our elders, I enjoyed reading some things you have learned along the way. This was a wonderful read and reminds of things I have learned from my elders.

  5. Tonya Tardiff
    12th July 2018 / 12:29 am

    Sounds a lot like my Grandpa 🙂 what a cute post! Completely agree that the best gift is a story.

  6. 12th July 2018 / 6:32 am

    I will take No. 3 Iya. I have listened to a lot of negativity from my mother for more than 4 decades. It has got to stop. Thankfully, after I made that decision, my ears are deaf.

  7. Elizabeth O
    12th July 2018 / 5:34 pm

    It sounds like your grandad taught you so much great stuff. It sounds like he is a great man indeed. This is such a sweet post.

  8. 12th July 2018 / 6:19 pm

    Happy birthday to him. Good to see that you listen to him and you have a great relationship with him.

  9. 12th July 2018 / 8:57 pm

    Oh I love this so much. Your Grandad sounds like a very wise man and a lovely grandparent too. I am fortunate to have had two wonderful grandads too.

    • iyalouisa
      12th July 2018 / 10:29 pm


  10. 14th July 2018 / 6:08 am

    Aaaw! Grandpa taught you some awesome stuff and he just reminds me of how my grandma would say that since husbands can’t take care of themselves, wives should do that for them. Haha!

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