With the increasing tendency for children to have children themselves, there is now said to be a worrying rise in the number of thirtysomething grandparents.
I don’t imagine a visit to granddad now involves the distribution of Werther Originals beside a roaring fire.
Or even cosy chats about subjects such as fishing and stamp-collecting.
I can almost hear a young mum telling her offspring:
‘Go and ask your granddad if he’ll take you to McDonald’s. He’ll let you see his new ear-ring.
“Don’t leave it too late coz I think he’s still on tag and he’ll want to get back in time to go to the pub.
‘If you’re a good boy he may even let you watch while he gets his latest tattoo.’