Friday Repost: Okay, THIS is Pressure

Last week’s repost was about family exerting “pressure” on you to get married. Following that post, someone sent in a real live example of pressure from her dear old grandmother.

…Well, no surprise there. Grandmothers are the main source of marriage-directed pressure in my life. Possibly the only one. I don’t understand why. They already have grandchildren. Do they also need great-grandchildren? Isn’t that just a little bit greedy?

Or is it something different? Maybe it’s like the difference between how you treat children and grandchildren. Grandparents can tell you the stuff your parents really want to say, because they’re not your parents.

If that’s the case, I don’t want to know about it…

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2 thoughts on “Friday Repost: Okay, THIS is Pressure

  1. My maternal grandmother [may she rest in peace] often referred to her grandchildren as: “interest on my investment.”

    According to Halachah, a Jew does not fulfill his obligation to have children until he also has grandchildren.

    Zohar, Vayechi, Page 233A:
    Note that Israel [Yaakov Avinu] blessed the sons of Yosef before he blessed his own sons, which shows that a man loves his grandchildren more than his children.

    Babylonian Talmud, tractate Kiddushin, page 30A:
    Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi taught:
    Whoever teaches Torah to his grandson is considered as if he had personally received it from Mount Sinai…

    Midrash Tanchuma, Parshat Toldot, chapter 4:
    The righteous are crowned by their grandchildren.

  2. Mishlei, chapter 17, verse 6:
    Children’s children are the crown of old people…

    RASHI: …grandchildren who follow the path of goodness.

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