Everybody has the bestest grandad I suppose, but I consider richard to be up there with the best. He had a stroke 21 years ago and took early retirement, from work that is, he became childminder extraordinaire, looked after Rowen, now 19, up to school time while her mum worked part time. My other daughter had 2 daughters but we missed out on the baby minding as they lived in norfolk and we live in yorkshire. That is up until Dionne, half way through a 3 year university course gave birth to her 3 rd daughter 8 years ago this xmas. Richard volunteered to go down and be a live in nanny for board and lodgings. He got home as often as possible but as I worked full time and was the bread winner, I couldnt go down there so he came up the odd weekends, this went on from lil em being 8 weeks old to being 18 months old, as well as baby minding he kept her house up to par and cooked a meal for the 2 others when they came home from school, then he minded the kids at night so Dionne could study. She passed with a 2/1 and a distinction, we were so proud as we watched her graduate. It was thanks to her dad that she did so well and has since got a top job in our local university so they all live back up here now. I gt used to letting myself into a cold house and making a meal for one and sleeping alone . now he's removed himself to the back bedroom, its because he's thinking of me getting proper sleep, he's the best. Altogether we have 9 grandchildren aged from 10 weeks to 25 yrs, and a 2 yr old great grandson, we love them all, and if there was anyone that was created to be a grandad it was Richard.
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