Posted on February 13th, 2014

Why Ziknay NATE Chose to Work with Grandparents

By Lindsay – granddaughter of Melvin Luterman, a member of Ziknay NATE

When I think of my grandparents, I think of a book filled with everything Edgar Allen Poe has ever written, and how that led me to love one of my favorite writers of all time. I think of countless days at the mall and just grabbing lunch and “catching up.” I think about driving with the top down on the car with no destination and the wind whipping my hair back behind my head. I think of the car pulling over onto the side of the road and a voice saying, “Your turn to drive.” I think of the night before Thanksgiving every year filled with sleepovers and the smell of the stuffing cooking in the kitchen. I think of being told to always follow my dreams and that I can do whatever I want in life if I really set my mind to it. I think of warmth and light and love and comfort.


I’ve never understood when someone complains about being forced to spend time with their grandparents, nor have I understood why they felt forced at all. Grandparents, in my opinion, are special, a gift. I’m thankful for the grandparents I was given. The relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild is extraordinary, one of a kind. Grandparents can be trusted with things you might not feel comfortable talking to your parents about, and they can give you advice and just be there for you. They give the best hugs. They teach you family traditions that can be passed down from generation to generation. Being a grandparent allows a person to learn from any mistake they’ve made as a parent and correct it the second time around. Even the worst parents can be amazing grandparents. Life is short and beautiful and every relationship is important. But to me, grandparents are part of what make life so special and treasured. Grandparents should never be taken for granted.


Our Me’Dor L’Dor project is aimed to help more grandparents foster a relationship similar to that of Lindsay and her grandfather, Melvin Luterman, a Ziknay ARJE member.