As grandparent’s day approaches, The Area News takes a look at some much loved grandparents in and around Griffith.
Meet little Sasha Scremin, who was pleased to introduce her grandparents Lou and Christine Scremin.
What does it mean for you to be a grandparent?
Lou: its just another new life. It brings you back, and makes you feel younger. It brings back happiness you’ve probably lost along the way.
Christine: Just to be able to enjoy them. We have another little one on the sunshine coast, so that distance we find quite hard, not being able to time to spend with them, but we are so lucky to be here and to enjoy time with Sasha.
What is your favorite part about being a grandparent?
Lou: Just seeing them smile and seeing the way they change every day. Watching them grow and watching them pick up little habits.
Christine: Seeing her change and grow, but it’s also good to see Michael and Chris (Mum and dad) as parents too, you’ve raised you own children, and then to see that goodness come out the way they are parenting themselves,
Lou: They are doing a brilliant job. We can see, in hindsight, how good they are and it pleases us as well.
Christine: I have to say Christine is doing a marvelous job, I only give credit where it’s due, and I’m not taking anything away from Michael here, but she really does a wonderful job.
Christine: We’ve only seen the good times at the moment, not too many rough patches, but it’s good to be there if needed.
Lou: She just seems to brighten all of us up, all the grandparents, Chris’s parents are absolutely brilliant with her as well, and she’s lucky to have to many loving grandparents.
Are there things you feel you can get away with more as a grandparent than you could as a parent?
Lou: We are softer. Not that we were hard with ours, but we seem to have more time to spend with them. It’s just like a revival.
Christine: You are sort of busy when you’re raising your own children, and you never had enough time, because we were on a farm, but now we have the time so we can really enjoy the little ones. I feel like this is what we are born for this, to enjoy this grandparents stage.
How have things changed?
Christine: I was born in Lake Cargelligo, and moved back here in the 60s.
One thing I’ve noticed is the dads are a lot more involved … and I think it’s fabulous for the whole family unit.
Lou: I was born in Italy and we went to Queensland for about seven years, then then we’ve always been around the Griffith area farming all our lives.
Nowadays, both parents have more to do with the kids, and back in my time, it’s not that I didn't want tom but we seemed to be more tied up with our work.
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Is there any advice you would give Sasha?
Christine: Listen to what mum and dad tell you! And Nanna and Pa as well. If Dad says no ask Pa!
Lou: As long as you keep off drugs, doing the right thing, not the wrong things. If they like sports or anything, make sure you make the most of it while you can, as it just gets away from you.