Popsugar: What it's like when your grandparents don't care about you
Marisa Hillman shared her experience of growing up to grandparents who never connected to her on an emotional level.
In the article she published on PopSugar, she began by talking about the beautiful relationship between grandparents and grandchildren and discussed how sometimes this emotional bond is not respected by some of the involved parties.
She shared the story of a mother, who told her that she was finally ‘done’ with the responsibility of being a mother because her son had turned 18. He could now either move out or stay and pay the rent.
Hillman suggested that such a notion is a telltale sign of a person who might as well be a cold and unloving grandparent to her son’s children.
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The writer then talked about how her own parents struggled to form a proper bond with her grandparents because of their cold behavior.
‘Growing up, I watched my dad tirelessly try to have a relationship with his parents. Even though I was a child, it wasn't lost on me that my grandparents weren't particularly interested in him. Or me,’ she wrote in the article.
Even as a child, the writer could sense that her grandparents weren’t interested to be a part the family. They kept the family interaction to a minimum and it was only limited to phone calls and a few visits.
Hillman then opened up about the time when her father broke the news of her grandmother’s death to her. Surprisingly, the news did not have much effect on her.
‘Not because I have a heart of stone,’ she explained in the article, but rather because she had never truly known her grandmother and it was difficult for her to feel the grief for the passing of a stranger.
In an even more shocking development, Hillman informed that her grandfather and his new wife both arrived late for her father’s funeral as well. Hillman has not heard from them since.