Both my parents were only children so I had no aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. I wasn't around any seniors until I was about 15 and by then teenage mistrust of grownups was well within me and kept me from appreciating the opportunity to learn from them. Parents had elders but they weren't close. When I read stories like this, Sharran, I'm faced w/ how much I missed and a little envious about your wonderful experiences.
But all is not sad, now I am the middleaged woman and every time I see a "grannyless" kid I try to talk to them and take them under my wing. Your article makes me more determined to do that. Thanks.
PS: I have no potions, though. I will just have to drive them to the Walgreens, lol