Gift of Grandparents

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. 
Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.  
– Alex Haley

Tibet, China

There is no grandfather who does not adore his grandchild.
– Victor Hugo

The Sahel, Mali

A grandparent is a best friend, teacher, cheerleader, and counselor.

Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Kolkata, India

Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us,
as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends,
and hardly ever our own grown children.
– Ruth Goode


It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the
fullness of their grace.

– Christopher Morley

Flechtingen, Germany

A house needs a grandma in it.
– Louisa May Alcott

Beirut, Lebanon

The best place to be when you’re sad is a grandparent’s  lap.

Rome, Italy

Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old.
– Mary H. Waldrip

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Karnataka, India
West Bengal, India
Mazar i Sharif, Afghanistan

Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see
just me all day, and now the day was complete.
– Marcy DeMaree

Storybook in Karelia, Russia

Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.
– Welsh Proverb

By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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38 replies on “Gift of Grandparents”

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Me. McCurry, I do not understand how you can pull emotions into such portraits that make you feel like you are there. Experience? Thank you for sharing these. I never knew my grandparents, but I have made sure that my kids knew theirs.

As always your photos speak many words and they are perfect in expressing every emotion captured by the thoughts you express. I love your art and never tire of the human spirit you capture .

your pictures are amazing as usual. I love the quotes, because they give us the sense that love continues

My 60+ yr old brother in CO, cuz De in NJ, sister Pers in NYC and I (MS) were just emailing rapidly memories of our Nana, an amazing woman who handled 17 grandkid hellions with hugs that smelled of soap and cinnamon and sunlight, her silent laughter at our antics. Patient, open minded, a safe quiet spot in a chaotic world where our parents divorced, cheated, drank, seemed to forget us.
Taught us how to hike trails, best swimming holes, what was fools gold, what warm berries we’re good, what plants were pretty poison.
In 2nd grade, we wrote about the person we admired most. Not JFK or Neil Armstrong, Nana!

My grandmother was the most amazing woman and I love her everyday, even though she’s been gone for so many, many years. I adore her. She was magic. Your photographs are gorgeous, as always.

Your comments and especially your photographs are so thoughtful and moving. I have 10 grandchildren, 7 born to my children and 3 acquired through marriages. Each one is unique. Relationships vary in intensity, but they each fill me with that unconditional love and joy that can’t be described in any other way. GRAND CHILDREN.

Sir, this heart-warming pictures with the beautiful quotes reminds me of my grandparents and the lovely bond I shared with them. They are no more but I cherish my fond memories of them. Thank you.

Beautiful, touching set of photograps and equally beautiful quotes.
Thank you Stevebhai

Steve, your work always touches me, but this topic particularly moved me as I have a very special relationship with my granddaughter who is the apple of my eye. I look forward to sharing your blog posting with her. Bless you for reminding us of the beauty of humanity.

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