Back to school, with Grandpa

Every day, I read what journalists around the world are reporting about grandparents and their families. Here are some stories that gripped me recently.

This teen girl and her 82-year-old grandpa are going to college together

Melanie Salazar, 18, just started her first year at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas, where her grandpa, Rene Neira, is completing his associate’s degree.

“He’ll spend hours at a time in the library by himself just studying,” Salazar says. “He’s very focused with schoolwork.”

“It really inspires me and keeps me determined. I want to be like my grandpa and be determined to find what I love and get a degree.”

Neira, who’s studying economics, says he hopes to earn a bachelor’s next.

CBS News • August 30, 2016

High anxiety: The everyday terrors my grandmother faced

Eleanor Morgan struggles with crippling anxiety. So did her grandmother, who died in 2003.

And the more Eleanor learns about her grandmother, she’s finding, the better she understands herself.

The Guardian • September 3, 2016

This great-grandmother coaches an Olympic champion. Now let her by.

Wayde van Niekerk, the South African who won a gold medal and set a world record in the 400-meter dash in Rio, is coached by a 74-year-old great-grandmother.

The New York Times • August 15, 2016

Don’t call me ‘Grandma’: Today’s grandparents opt for cool nicknames

“Has ‘Grandma’ gone the way of Ethel, Wilma and Eunice? It seems the likes of Mimi, Honey, and Oma are nudging out the once warm-and-fuzzy moniker.”

The Dallas Morning News • September 12, 2016