I ask because I'm not particularly anxious to have grandchildren, and because when I do...I really don't think I'll be very excited about them.
Ouch, Marge -- that's almost sacreligious. (Just kidding.)
Grandchildren help bring out the youth that's still left in us. It's a golden opportunity to romp around on the floor when they're small; act silly (and not be criticized for it), nurture, and countless other things.
They are "little people". It's so enjoyable to see them develop and grow. It's amazing how fast they learn. When one of my grandchildren was 3 1/2 years old, she could engage me in a debate -- and win, too. They are constant sources of humor while trying to learn how to speak. The downside (if you really consider it to be) is that you will probably be changing diapers for a couple of years when they're in your care. They grow out of that stage fast enough though. Even that is a rewarding experience -- think of how much better the child feels afterward.
Another plus is that you can eventually send them home with their parents -- then crash from being worn out.
It's a chance to share experiences you can't do elsewhere -- the bonding, their affection, their acceptance and admiration of you.
Pre-schoolers are so much fun -- you can't help but enjoy them. Best of all is when they're little you can enjoy them running up to you for a hug. No questions asked.
"Try it -- you'll like it."
I agree verbatim.
One quick story. My grandson who is 3 1/2 enjoys my style of cooking. One morning early last year, I made him scrambled eggs. I prepare them light and fluffy. My daughter makes them a different way. Not that my way is right and hers is wrong. The next Saturday morning, she made him some eggs, he took one look at them with arms folded, started pouting and told her he wants them like grandpa makes them. She said he took one bite and left his table to watch TV. My daughter called me that night and shared that story. She ended the conversation with "dad, it is going to be a long ride". I will always remember that and so many others. I can just smile knowing I don't have to deal with any of the "child rearing" issues anymore.