Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - 100 Word Challenge - Grandparents

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 
 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (where's my Mission Impossible music...drat, lost it), is:

This SNGF is based on the 100 Word Challenge ( that school children are participating in around the world.  They are given a word or phrase to write a story about in exactly one hundred words.  Last week, it was "Grandparents are important because..."  We all know that gran

1)  Write a story using the phrase "Grandparents are important because" in 100 words.  [Hint:  If you write it in a word processor, you can use Tools > Word Count (or similar) to count words]

2)  Share the story with all of us by writing your own blog post, writing a comment on this blog post, or put it in a Google Plus Stream or Facebook Status or Note.  Please leave a comment on this post so others can find it.

Here's mine:  

Grandparents are important because they are often the most loving and giving people that we know as children. They enjoy talking to their grandchildren, teaching them about older things, telling stories about the child's parent, encouraging them, and have been known to indulge them...slipping them goodies without the parents knowing about it (yeah, right!).

Grandparents are also the genealogy gateway to previous generations through family stories, family papers and records. Asking grandma or grandpa about their childhood, their siblings and their own parents often provides stories and life lessons rich in detail about times and places unknown to the child.

100 words, exactly!  Without having to shave or add words to it.

Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver


Dorene from Ohio said...

What a fun challenge, Randy! Here is my post:

Janet said...

Great post.

Grandparents are important because they get the enviable job of just loving their grandchildren. They don’t need to raise the child. They come well-prepared to this job: for better or worse, they raised their own children and most often learned a lot. Grandparents can give their grandchildren the best of what they learned, doled out with love. And there is so much more time to do it.

Grandparents are the critical link between 5 generations: grandchildren, children, their own generation, their parents and grandparents. Stories, heirlooms, photos…all rich sources of planting the seeds of heritage early. How lucky we are!

John said...

I thought this was a fun idea, and wrote a poem:

Celia Lewis said...

Hi Randy - here's my post with photos of both sets of grandparents (rare photos, all of them!).

Mel said...

Here are my thoughts (it was difficult whittling down to 100 words...LOL)

Julia Skinner ( @theheadsoffice) said...

Hello & welcome to 100WC! I'm so glad you found it!
There is a version for grown ups which can be found at

I am always looking for people to comment on the children's work (there is a 5 Sentence Challenge as well for the younger ones!) so would really appreciate any promoting you could do!
Many thanks
Julia Skinner
Founder of 100WC!