30+ Times Grandparents Were So Wholesome, They Restored People’s Faith in Humanity

30+ Times Grandparents Were So Wholesome, They Restored People’s Faith in Humanity

We’re so lucky to have grandmas and grandpas. In fact, without them, we wouldn’t be here! So, we kinda owe them everything. We hope you have memories of the times your grandparents were so wholesome, they restored people’s faith in humanity. But if you don’t, we’ve compiled a heartwarming list of social media posts and imagery featuring the most loving grandparents demonstrating their love, compassion, and selfless actions.

Say Hello to Your Grandson

Here’s a doting grandfather meeting his brand-new grandson for the very first time. Have you ever seen a grown man so full of love and pride? In fact, he’s not full — he’s positively over-brimming with love, so much so that it’s leaking out of his eyes. The new dad and photographer wrote on social media, “I’ve never seen my dad so happy. Feels real good, man!”

Say Hello to Your Grandson

With a relationship like this and his reaction to meeting his grandson, you know he’s gonna be the World’s Best Grandpa!

Reunited With Grandpa

This young lady hadn’t seen her grandfather in 15 years — and they were both overwhelmed when they were reunited. After lots of hugs, laughs, and smiles, the first thing he did was reach into his back pocket and pull out his wallet.

Reunited With Grandpa

Not to hand over a wad of cash but to show her something money couldn’t buy. In his wallet was a photo of her from when she was five years old. Gramps had been carrying it around with him every day for the last decade and a half.

Baby Elephant Blanket

This story comes to us all the way from South Africa… via the UK. This British lady’s grandchild works on an elephant sanctuary, so when she heard the news that a baby elephant named Khanyisa had just been born, she decided to knit a blanket for her.

Baby Elephant Blanket

When the multicolored blanket finally arrived after four months, Khanyisa was delighted with her prize and walked around showing it off. In fact, Khanyisa was so proud you could even say she was blowing her own trumpet!

First Date

This granddad was over the moon that his granddaughter was taking him out for lunch. So much so, that when her dad phoned him, her grandpa proudly stated he had been up and showered since 7:00 am in preparation for his “date.”

First Date

In fairness, it was possibly grandpa’s first date in half a century! And judging from the smile on his face, it seems like his outing with his grandchild couldn’t have gone any better. All we want to know is if this going to become a weekly tradition!

World’s Snappiest Waistcoat

This dude’s 90-year-old grandmother made him the world’s snazziest waistcoat to wear to parties. The technicolor waistcoat features an African savannah scene made up of lions, elephants, giraffes, and rhinos because she still thinks her grandson is six years old. Bless her.

World’s Snappiest Waistcoat

The front of the waistcoat shows a daytime scene with a dove flying under the blazing African sun. The back of the garment features a nighttime scene showing the moon and stars.

Generation Gap

As the caption shows, this kid comes around several times a day to check in on this lady. He says he visits to make sure she wakes up from her naps. Then, remaining socially distanced, this odd couple hangs out on the porch and chats about life.

Generation Gap

Maybe the kid doesn’t have a grandma of his own, so he found a surrogate. Whatever the case may be, it doesn’t get much more wholesome than this.

Grandpa Crochets Dolls

This cool grandpa has vitiligo, which is a condition whereby pale patches develop on the skin due to the lack of the pigment melanin. In addition to his gorgeous smile, what makes him so cool, is that he spends his days crocheting little dolls who also have the skin condition.

Grandpa Crochets Dolls

Once he’s knitted the dolls, he sends them to youngsters around the world who also have vitiligo. The idea behind his generosity is to make the kids with vitiligo feel better. What a brilliant, unsung hero!

Up, Up, and Away!

Disney Pixar’s Up tells the tale of retired balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen fulfilling his lifelong dream by tying thousands of balloons to his house and flying away to the South American wilderness. Carl’s plan goes well until he discovers a stowaway Boy Scout named Russell.

Up, Up, and Away!

This grandmother and her grandson love Up so much that they recreated the film for her 93rd birthday. Three weeks after this photo was taken, they were discovered alive and well, living with a tribe in the Amazon jungle.

Spider-Grandad

When Jerry’s grandfather was bitten by a spider, he ran to fetch him some ointment. But before he made it out the door, he heard his grandfather mumble something so hilariously wholesome, we barely finished reading the post without crying.

Spider-Grandad

In what Jerry describes as an upsetting moment — or so he thought — Grandpa used his wonderful sense of humor to calm the situation, just like Peter Parker or any friendly neighborhood Spider-Man would.

Consummate Professional

A photography student asked her grandfather if she could take a portrait of him for an assignment. And gramps didn’t just say yes, he said, “Let me just grab my stethoscope and change my clothes. I want to look good if I’m getting my picture taken by a professional.”

Consummate Professional

He returned in his best blazer, shirt, and tie with his doctor’s stethoscope around his neck. The portrait is great but encouraging his granddaughter by calling her a pro is priceless.

Arts & Crafts Gran

Some old folk definitely have too much time on their hands, but it’s okay when they use that time to go the extra mile. Beautifully wrapped presents under a tree are part and parcel of Christmas decorations, but this artsy grandmother actually hand-drew all these wonderful designs on her grandchildren’s Christmas presents.

Arts & Crafts Gran

We just hope that they didn’t rip their presents open to get at the gifts inside, and that they kept the wonderful wrapping paper rather than going on the fire or in the trash.

Grandpa Joins Woodworking Group

This story is as inspirational as it is heartbreaking. When Katie’s Papa lost his wife after 50 years of marriage, it hit him hard. The grieving widower was lost and lonely without his life partner until he joined a local woodworking group made up of fellow widowers.

Grandpa Joins Woodworking Group

The group meets up every month and welcomed Katie’s grandad with open arms. It’s safe to say that socializing and talking with similarly-minded folks has definitely helped improve his life and restore his faith after such a sad loss.

Life Begins at 90!

This trendy grandmother promised she’d dye her hair a shocking shade of pink and would get a Mohican if she ever reached 90 years of age. So, when the big day rolled around, sure enough, she made good on her outlandish promise.

Life Begins at 90!

And doesn’t she look wonderful? Would you believe the punk movement began in the first half of her life?! This lady’s attitude towards life should be a lesson to us all. To quote George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

Gran’s First Tweetle

Bryony might have been born in the Prohibition-era Jazz Age of 1926 and lived through a swathe of technological changes, like television and fax machines and CDs, but she’s no Luddite.

Gran’s First Tweetle

In 2020, the 94-year-old grandmother proudly fired off her first tweet to show her grandson that she was still down with the kids. She even jokes that her only problem with being down with the young ones is getting back up again. What makes it even cuter is that she calls her first tweet her first Tweetle!

Like Grandfather, Like Grandson

This brave hard-of-hearing youngster received a cochlea implant. Of course, the device would improve his life to no end but still, it would take some getting used to. In the meantime, he would surely have felt self-conscious wearing the implant, and that’s where grandpa came to the rescue.

Like Grandfather, Like Grandson

Now, granddad just so happened to be bald, so he had a cochlea implant tattooed on his noggin above his ear so his grandson would feel better. Is this the coolest Pops ever? We think so.

First Family Facetime

After not seeing their grandparents for months and months — presumably during the pandemic — this person’s grammy and gramps finally figured out how to work FaceTime on their computer. And the golden moment was worth waiting all those months for because take a look at grandpa’s face when he saw his grandchild.

First Family Facetime

As for grandma, well, she looks like she’s still getting to grips with understanding this new-fangled 21st-century technology. But, as for granddad… a picture paints a thousand words, and he’s beaming from ear to ear.

Double Trouble

When this lady’s grandson and granddaughter went to different colleges, she was torn. How could she show her love and pride in them both? Wear one college sweater in the mornings and the other in the afternoons? Wear one from midnight Sunday to midday Wednesday and the other from Wednesday afternoon to Sunday night?

Double Trouble

In the end, she had them torn and sewn together to make this brilliant double-college shirt. There was one slight downside to wearing both college shirts… Grandma didn’t know if she was coming or going!

This Is the Way

Sadly, this poster’s grandmother suffers from dementia. But, when they took their Baby Yoda toy along for a visit, grandma instantly fell in love with the little green critter. She seemingly won’t let Grogu out of her sight and has named him Lady Bug.

This is the Way

As well as being the cutest thing you’ve ever heard, it speaks volumes about why so many people love Grogu. Maybe grandma looks after him so well because she’s a secret Mandalorian bounty hunter.

You Shall Go to the Ball

This little cutie drew a picture of her dream dress. Most of the other pictures she’d drawn were stuck to the refrigerator or her bedroom wall, but this one was special. In a secret scheme cooked up by co-conspirators mom and grandma, the drawing winged its way across town. A few weeks later, and after much hard work, grandma showed up bearing gifts.

You Shall Go to The Ball

Grandma had made the little girl’s drawing into this perfect pink, purple, and blue dress. And doesn’t she look just like a princess? Well done, granny!

Kitten to the Rescue

This elderly grandfather was devastated when his beloved cat passed. He didn’t want to replace her as he felt that would have been insensitive. Pining for his dearly departed feline friend, grandpa became incredibly lonely, but the family was not sure what to do.

Kitten to the Rescue

Eventually, he allowed them to find a new kitten after a couple of weeks. The result was this tiny, adorable furball. Just look at how happy grandpa is now. This great photo proves that the company pets provide is a godsend.

Lucky Hat

Every year, this grandmother crochets hats for kids in need. But this particular year, she went the extra mile. When gran was 90 years old, she read in one of the kid’s bios that they were bi.

Lucky Hat

So, she went out of her way to order the magenta, purple, and blue wools that make up the colors of the pride flag and knitted the lucky youngster this fantastic hat. We’re not sure what the green represents. Maybe it represents the jealousy of everyone who didn’t get a hat!

World’s Best Grandma

Twitter user Loly tweeted this heartwarming exchange between her and her grandmother. Sadly, her gran has Alzheimer’s and some days doesn’t even recognize her family. But thankfully, Loly’s gran has a heart made of pure gold, so the love still shines through.

World’s Best Grandma

She didn’t know who Loly was, but she still knew she loved her. Of course, it’s a bittersweet emotion, but it’s a lovely thing that Loly can treasure these moments and hold on to her memories of her dear old grandmother. We’re not crying, you’re crying!

Alvin & the Chipmunk

This spontaneous selfie of an elderly gentleman with a chipmunk on his lap is pretty special in its own right. But, when you consider this is Grandpa’s first-ever selfie with his new phone, it’s even more special. He deserves a Wildlife Photographer of the Year prize.

Alvin & the Chipmunk

We don’t know his name, but we’re going to call him Alvin because he’s definitely down with the chipmunks. How many nuts do you think that cheeky chipmunk has stored in his cheeks? We’re gonna guess 423.

Reel Him in, Gran

This three-year-old boy and his 89-year-old great-grandmother went fishing together. And if you thought that meant a day by the lake, idly passing the time, we have news for you. This unlikely angling duo meant business! Despite being separated by 86 years, they teamed up to catch a fish.

Reel Him in, Gran

The kid hooked it while grandma reeled it in. And the best thing about it is that it was the first time either of them had ever caught a fish. The kid will remember this day forever.

Rock-a-Bye Baby

This granddad made the coolest rocking cradle for his infant grandchild. But far from being a rock-a-bye baby blown to sleep in a tree top by the wind, this boat-shaped crib gently rocks the little one to sleep with the gentle lapping of the waves.

Rock-a-Bye Baby

And you can be sure of two things — first, the baby will grow up to be a sea captain in the Navy. Second, the beautiful cradle will be passed down as a family heirloom for generations.

Grandad’s Surprise Journals

Twitter user @renblankk tweeted to show what her grandfather did for her when she was a toddler. Going by the dates, we’re guessing that Lauren is now in her early 20s. And starting back in 2003, her grandpa filled three notebooks with stories of when he used to babysit Lauren between the age of two and five.

Grandad’s Surprise Journals

The first story was called “Tales of a Two-Year-Old,” and the three-year journal no doubt featured loads of adventures and great days out. Now, that’s dedication.

I Will Always Love You

If this picture doesn’t melt your heart, then we’re afraid we have bad news… you don’t have a heart! This agonizingly expressive photo shows a 100-year-old grandpa holding the hand of his 96-year-old wife in bed. Heartbreakingly, the snap was taken just hours before grandma passed away.

I Will Always Love You

They had been married for a staggering 77 years — which, by our reckoning, means the young couple tied the knot in the late 1940s when Harry S. Truman was President and before Elizabeth became Queen of England.

Don’t Mess With Ben’s Gran

Twitter user Ben revealed his nearly nonagenarian nanna trawls his tweets looking for anyone that’s made mean replies. If she does find any mean replies, she then takes it upon herself to “investigate” those cruel people’s profiles. While it sounds cute, the longer you think about gran going rogue, the worse it gets.

Don’t Mess With Ben’s Gran

What does she do? Does she go around to their house and hit them with her handbag? We’re sorry, Ben; you’re a grown man — don’t let your grandmother fight your battles.

Ivy League Granddad

This proud old-timer collects baseball caps from all of the universities that his grandchildren have attended. We count 18 caps on the wall plus the one Gramps is wearing for a total of 19 grandchildren.

Ivy League Granddad

19 university-educated grandchildren — now, that’s something else. And don’t forget, he might have more grandkids who haven’t made it to university yet. So, his wall of hats might keep growing and growing!

Proud Grandmother

This grandmother has clearly taught her children and grandchildren to take pride in everything they do. So much so, that when her granddaughter unfurled her multicolor flag on the morning of Washington D.C. Pride, grandma noticed it was crinkled and insisted she iron it before she set off for the event.

Proud Grandmother

Nonna immediately set up her ironing board and pressed out all the creases so that her granddaughter could attend the LGBTQ+ event looking even more proud.

Turtle Heaven

One grandpa decided to make a floating dock for the turtles who live in the lake by his house. Why grandpa thought this was a good idea, nobody knows, but this is what happens to people with too much time on their hands.

Turtle Heaven

As you can see, the turtles took to the floating dock like ducks to water as the aquatic creatures seem to love soaking up the sun. Next on grandpa’s list is building a turtle hot tub. We just hope it’s not a turtle disaster!

We Salute You, Gran!

Here’s Jamie’s grandmother celebrating her 100th Birthday. Now, anyone making their centenary is a worthy event, and since she’s from the United Kingdom and this tweet is from 2020, she would have received a telegram from Queen Elizabeth II.

We Salute You, Gran!

But, what makes Jamie’s gran’s special day even more noteworthy is that she’s a genuine war hero. The Aberdeen native worked at Bletchley House on the Enigma Machine, which decoded Nazi messages to help the allies win World War II. Thank you for your service, Ma’am!

Romantic Poet

This is the last note one husband left for his wife before he passed away. He left the romantic poem with his last will and testament so he could be sure that his wife found it. The poem may only be a simple, two-line rhyming couplet, but it’s enough to melt anyone’s heart.

Romantic Poet

Even our hearts are melting right now, so imagine the feelings and memories it must have conjured in his wife when she read it. Note to all men reading this — be more like this legendary husband.

Separated by 100 Years

This lovely black and white photo shows a grandfather celebrating his 103rd Birthday with his three-year-old great-granddaughter. Now, if you’re a rocket surgeon, you’ll have already worked out that this means the pair are separated by a whole century!

Separated by 100 Years

What better 100th birthday present could you wish for than a beautiful, healthy great-granddaughter?! There’s something so special about family generations coming together…

I Want to See the Sea

This grandmother wanted to see the beach one last time before she checked into the hospice for palliative care. So, her loving family obliged by popping her in the back of the car and driving her to the seaside for a surprise mini-vacation.

I Want to See the Sea

And the expression on her face tells you everything you need to know… except perhaps the location. We’re not sure where it is, but hope it’s maybe somewhere exotic like Hawaii or Malibu. Answers on a postcard…

Rainbow Quilt

When this lady’s grandchild graduated, she made them a quilt. But, not just any old American quilt. Because their grandkid is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she made them this extra special quilt featuring cool rainbows.

Rainbow Quilt

As the poster explained, “She thought the rainbows would be good because I’m gay. My grandparents are new to this whole gay thing, but they are doing their best.” Still, even though grandma is new to it all, she definitely restored her grandchild’s faith in the world.

Are We There Yet?

One social media user’s dog gets really anxious whenever they have to take a car ride. So, their grandma insisted on sitting in the back seat with the frizzy-haired Labradoodle. Well, we think he’s a Labradoodle, anyway. As they drove, all they heard emanating from the back seat were comforting words from grandma like, “It’s okay, we’re almost there, brave boy.”

Are We There Yet?

These words of comfort continued for the entire car journey. What a great grandmother! Not a great-grandmother, but just a superb grandmother.

That’s One Great-Great-Grandmother

This sweet great-great-grandmother is 102 years young. In fact, she was 103 on Valentine’s Day — which is an appropriate birthday considering how full of love she is for her two-month-old great-great-granddaughter. With our Sherlock Holmes deerstalker on, we make that a total of five generations!

That’s One Great-Great-Grandmother

And doesn’t the baby just know what safe, wonderful hands she is in? Have you ever seen a pair of more loving smiles? Even though they are separated by over a century, love transcends all barriers, including space and time.

Dressed to Impress

This 84-year-old grandmother apologized to her grandson and others for making an appearance in her nightshirt. So, her grandson assured her it wasn’t a problem. To make her feel better, he then said that nightshirts looked very comfortable, so grandma scuttled off to her bedroom and returned with a nightshirt for him.

Dressed to Impress

As the grandson said, “It’s not like I could have rejected this generous gift!” So, he popped her nightshirt on, which must have provided a few laughs and made her feel less self-conscious.

It’s a Catastrophe!

This ginger and white cat was really upset when he ripped his favorite toy open. In fact, he was so sad, he called (meowed) it a catastrophe. But, seeing how distraught he was without his toy, Nana soon came to the rescue.

It’s a Catastrophe!

She grabbed her sewing box and quickly started sewing the toy back together again. Check out the kitty as he patiently waits for his favorite toy to undergo surgery… so he can rip it apart again 10 minutes later!

Water Baby

This endearing family photo from all the way back in 1991 shows a grandmother watering her grandchild’s feet from a tiny watering can. Grandpa is directing procedures from his deck chair in the background. Of course, the idea behind grandma’s stunt was that the kid would grow. And someone captured it on film for posterity.

Water Baby

We say “on film” because there were no iPhones back then. Now, more than 30 years later, it definitely worked as the kid stands six feet tall and plays professional NBA basketball. Probably.

Rainbow Sweater

This social media user told their grandmother that they were bi — and it’s safe to say that the kid would probably have been worried about how their gran would react to the news. But a few weeks later, Gran revealed her thoughts when she surprised her grandchild with this excellent rainbow sweater.

Rainbow Sweater

And the best thing is, she’d taken weeks to knit it herself. What better way to show love, compassion, and encouragement for your grandchild in what must have been a challenging situation?

Duck Tales

Some elderly people get stuck in their ways. In fact, many photos of their houses all look the same — wooden sideboards filled with family photos, trinkets, eggcups, and those tiny spoons. But sometimes, being stuck in their ways can be endearing.

Duck Tales

When this kid moved away, their grandma bought them this duck towel for when they came to visit. Fast forward 12 years, and even though the kid is all grown up, grandma still hangs out the same duck towel for them when they arrive. How cute is that?

Proud Grandson

Normally, it’s grandparents who are proud of their grandkids — but this time, it’s a grandson’s turn to be proud of his pops. The two fellas were out fishing from a bridge when another kid’s rod broke. To make matters worse, there were also several knots in his line.

Proud Grandson

The kid was struggling as he had learning difficulties, so grandpa fixed his rod and untied the knots. The grandson posted this photo on social media, saying he had “never been more proud of my grandad.”