There was a time when grey hair was relatively rare; Many people simply died before they were old enough to be called ‘Grandfather’ or ‘Grandmother’.

Hurry up please!
I want to be a granny!

With life expectancy now reaching into the 80s in developed nations, it is not uncommon for children to know all four of their grandparents and possibly a great-grandparent
or two.
While grandparents might hang around longer than they did in past generations, they are also waiting longer to become grandparents as their children delay marriage and childbearing into the late 20s. Many would-be grandparents may wait into their late 50s and 60s for their first grandchild, rather than their late 40s to 50s as in previous generations.


Some older parents feel a sense of urgency about their adult children’s childlessness, a kind of grandparent biological clock.

Grandparents: An endangered species?

With each generation, the cumulative effect of delayed childbirth means that many potential grandparents will not survive to meet their grandchildren, or if they do, will be too infirm to be actively involved. The math is simple: delayed childbearing means fewer years
with grandparents.


Saints Anne and Joachim: Grandparents of Jesus

We know very little about the grandparents of Jesus apart from a legend told in a fourth century apocryphal gospel.
According to the story, after years of childlessness, an angel appeared to tell the couple that they would have a child. Anne promised to dedicate this child to God, and they named her Mary.

We do not know whether they lived to see their grandson, Jesus, in his infancy and childhood. Whatever the facts of their lives, we can assume that Mary was raised in a Jewish family home faithful to God and to the religious traditions of her day. So much so that she was led to respond wholeheartedly to God’s request to become the mother of God with a faith-filled response:
Let it be done to me as you will.”