I've never once asked my grandparents for dating advice but that's never stopped them from sharing their very honest opinions about my relationships with me. One Christmas, I took my boyfriend at the time home to meet my extended family. My maternal grandmother can be a bit crass so I warned him about her ahead of time. If I was hesitant about asking for relationship advice from grandparents before, I sure as hell wasn't about to start after this interaction.
My boyfriend, who was staying with my parents and me for the week, had managed to avoid my grandmother for the first few days. Every time she came over, he conveniently managed to be asleep, on the phone with his mom, or taking the world's longest shower. TBH, I'm not even mad. This was a smart move on his part but he could only keep it up for so long.
Eventually, they met. When there were very few witnesses around, he walked up to her bravely and introduced himself, extending his hand to shake hers. My grandmother, without getting up from her chair, glanced all the way up and tilted her reading glasses down only slightly (you know, like in the movies). I sat frozen a few feet away. I had no idea what to expect.
She looked so far up that her gaze went above my boyfriend's head until she was basically looking at the ceiling. Then, almost as though she was startled not to see anyone up there (on the ceiling!), she finally looked him in the eyes and said, "Oh! Hi, hi!" I swear to you, I couldn't make this up if I tried. She didn't say another word to him and she didn't shake his hand, either. Instead, she turned to me and practically yelled, "I was expecting someone taller. I didn't realize I had to look down. Almost didn't see him!"
Now, this is funny for a couple reasons. Like I mentioned, she was sitting down so even if he was five feet tall, she would have still had to look up. But also, it was her not-so-subtle way of letting me know I should date taller guys, which she absolutely told me to my face before the night was over.
Grandparents are funny like that. They're at that stage in their lives where they've kind of seen it all and they're not afraid to tell it like it is. Here's the advice eight women got from their loving grandparents.