Despite being 88 and 91 years apart, two siblings were best friends with their great-grandpa. The unique connection they shared helped the older man recover from his stroke and stay strong while battling Dementia.
It’s often said that grandparents love their grandkids much more than their own. Kids who grow up with their grandparents tend to be less emotionally distressed, as their elderly friends can come down to their level and shower them with extra TLC.
After hearing the story of two adorable children and their incredible great-grandpa, you’d be reminded of your childhood and love for your grandparents and great-grandparents.
The elderly man playing with his great-grandkids [Left]. Little Mera bonding with her “pawpaw” [Right]. | Photo: YouTube.com/Good Morning America
Mera and Bowen were fortunate to grow up surrounded by their great-grandparents. They were so close to their great-granddad that the trio was practically inseparable. One of their family members told Good Morning America:
“They really are best friends…They love to garden together. They love to swing together, to sing together.”
The kids’ great-grandpa, or “pawpaw,” got down to their level and connected with them in a way that surprised everyone.
Mera and Bowen’s great-grandpa. | Photo: YouTube.com/Good Morning America
Even when the children were little, their pawpaw loved rolling on the floor and picking them up. The affectionate, great grandfather saw his great-grandchildren achieve their milestones and cherished everyday moments.
While pawpaw’s Dementia would likely make things complicated with time, his loved ones have learned to cherish what they have now.
Indeed, he was the leader of his little pack. Mera and Bowen’s pawpaw was particular about his fitness and never stopped going to the gym even in his 90s.
Mera and Bowen swinging with their great-grandpa. | Photo: YouTube.com/Good Morning America
Unfortunately, things went awry when the 94-year-old man suffered a stroke in fall 2021. He was also diagnosed with Dementia at the time, which reflected his inability to recall things and make decisions.
One of the family members…