Happy holidays to you and your families, and best wishes for a joyful 2019.
In 2018, I wrote about a caravan of grandparents who stormed the Texas-Mexico border to protest Trump’s treatment of migrant children, Gabriel García Márquez’s memories of his grandmother, and many other topics.
Here are my five most popular stories since the beginning of the year:
In the first study of its kind, a team of scientists has found that grandparents who provide regular care for their grandchildren have an edge on survival over those who don’t.
I asked longtime grandparents what they wish they’d known when their first grandchild was born.
Trump’s travel ban has torn apart thousands of families, including this Iranian one.
Michelle Obama’s mother tells all.
A quest for justice in Texas.
I also enjoyed many stories that other journalists wrote about grandparents this year. Here are my five favorites:
At Enoteca Maria on Staten Island, the menu changes daily, and so do the chefs: they are grandmothers from all over the world.
Good Morning America • April 26
Blake Mompher loves school buses, so his grandfather designed a cardboard one to fit over his chair.
USA Today • October 22
Many immigrant parents seek to bring their own parents here to help with childcare, but President Trump wants to stop them.
The New York Times • August 20
Clara Spera recently graduated from law school. Her inspiration was her grandmother, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Glamour • May 4
When a father and son in Brisbane, Australia saw a python slither into their backyard grill, they knew exactly whom to call.
The Courier-Mail • August 27