I love being a mother, but there's something very special about being a grandparent.
I have a special bond with my four grandchildren. This same bond doesn't quite exist with my own two kids.
I don't know if I'm the only one who feels this way, but I find that children respect their grandparents more than their own parents.
This might have to do with parents having to be much more demanding and critical of their kids, while grandparents bake cookies, give great hugs, and will try to play with their grandchildren as much as possible.
There's rarely any scolding, because that's the parent's job, so you're definitely going to appear more favorable in their eyes.
Another reason may be that grandparents have more free time to spend with their grandchildren.
My husband and I are always traveling, and we'd love to have our grandchildren come along, but my son and daughter always have an excuse as to why they can't.
Surprising my grandkids with something I know is very important to them is one of my dreams, and hopefully one day it will become a reality.
When I came across a video of a boy breaking down after realizing the gift his grandparents had hidden from him for quite some time, I was inspired to do something similar for my grandchildren.
Here's Sean McGrath's story:
When 12-year-old Sean arrived at Shannon Airport in Ireland, he planned to say goodbye to his grandparents and wish them safe travels.
But things didn't go according to plan...
Sean's dad, Colum, asks his grandmother to give him her phone so that he could check the boarding passes for her.
So she digs through her purse and gives him her pink phone.
"I just want to make sure I have it all right ," she says.
As Sean is turning on the phone, Colum says, "Check the boarding passes for going away,”
Sean finds his grandmother's boarding pass, and then his grandfather's.
His interest piques when he notices there's a third page.
When he swipes one more time, he finds a boarding pass with his own name on it!
"What?!" he exclaims, backing away from the camera.
His father, who is filming the video, says, "Have a nice time in Spain, buddy."
While his family is laughing, Sean breaks down in tears, overwhelmed by their surprise.
His whole family was keeping this vacation a secret from him so that they could surprise him on the departure day.
For those of you wondering how his trip went, here's what his father had to say:
Now that you've read about a heartwarming surprise from grandparents to their grandchild, you've got to read this emotional story about a grandson giving his grandparents a gift that they'll never forget!
The Surprise of a Lifetime
Stefun Darts had been planning to do something special for his grandparents for as long as he could remember.
His grandparents, Cecil and Marilyn Roberts, welcomed Stefun into their home when he was only six years old.
The young boy felt indebted to them and made a promise that he would pay their mortgage off as soon as he could.
"I promised God in the second grade I would pay off you guys house and help you retire. A promise I would never break. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched... but are felt by the heart," he wrote in his heartfelt Facebook post.
The 24-year-old full-time college student worked hard for many years to raise enough money to give to his grandparents.
"I sacrificed my teenage and early adulthood of not having fun for this moment. I couldn't stand you going to work at night, some nights I didn't even sleep knowing it shouldn't be like this," he wrote in a letter to his grandparents.
Stefun also knew that his grandparents have been making monthly payments for 20 years.
They had four more years of payments until their dream of fully owning their home became a reality. Stefun, however, couldn't wait any longer.
In early 2016, Stefun gathered his family at his grandparents's home and surprised them with a check for $15,000!
“The surprise on my parents’ faces was unbelievable,” Travelle Roberts, Stefun's uncle, told ABC News.
Not only did Stefun pay off his grandparent's mortgage, he also bought them two tickets to the Bahamas.
"Even with this, I could never repay you for what you've done for me," he wrote.
“It was a dream to see them happy,” Stefun added. "It’s something that can’t be explained, it can only be felt.”
Watch his grandparents's emotional response below!
When you get the chance to experience tears of joy capitalize on it. Just payed off my grandparents house 🏡 pic.twitter.com/nm3Gp13ZLR— A.M.G (@Stefun_Darts) March 20, 2016
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[Source: YouTube/ ABC News]