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7 things that will definitely happen to you when you go to visit your grandparents

They’re properly obsessed with death.

IRISH GRANDPARENTS ARE one in a million. You love them unconditionally and visiting them is often one of the highlights of your day, week or however often you get to see them.

They do have some incredible habits and mannerisms which seem amplified every time you go over to see them. Here’s just 7 of them.

1. You’re not even halfway in the door when they’re telling you who has died.

It could be John up the road or Joan who you once met when you were 5. Whoever they are, your grandparents have a list of all their ailments (and we mean all). They know so much about the person and what killed them that you wonder if they have anything to do with it or if they just spend all their time reading death notices.

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2. They INSIST that you’ve gotten taller.

This is despite the fact that you’re in your early or mid 20s and you haven’t had a growth spurt since you were 17. Maybe they’re shrinking?

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3. They also insist you’re not eating enough.

They’re just short of getting a measuring tape and measuring your stomach as if to prove you’re losing weight.

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4. So they make you eat everything in the house.

‘Have some apple tart’. ‘Nana I’m full’

*5 minutes later*

‘Ah you’ll have some biscuits won’t you?’

But you’ll eat it all because the food is so bloody good.

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5. They’ll never stop talking about their impending death.

Christmas dinner is generally the worst time for this. You could just about to dig into the best dinner and as you cheers one of your grandparents pipes up ‘Won’t see another one probably’ just like Shane McGowan. Real mood killer there Nana.

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6. They’ll keep trying to give you some of their stuff.

Many a time I’ve gone over to my grandparents house only to leave with old family photos, books and German magazines in case they might help me with my German oral. I did my Leaving Cert in 2013 but it’s the sentiment that counts.

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7. You’ll hear the best stories about your parents.

Do you want to hear how your dad used to make a tit out of himself when he was a teenager? Looking for embarrassing photos of your mum when she was younger? Your grandparents are the best source and they’re usually happy to help embarrass your folks.

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