Celebrate Grandparents Day
Because (grandparents) are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they can often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations. - Jimmy Carter
Grandparents Day is a day for the young and old to honor each other, and participate in civic engagement across all generations. Each year it falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day. And while it is not a holiday that was created to sell flowers or cards, homemade cards are a great way to honor grandparents and give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their grandchildren. The day is also a way for children to learn the strength, wisdom and guidance that an older generation can provide.
Grandparents Day was created by Mrs. Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade who had many grandchildren. She was married for 60 years and worked tirelessly to create a day that families could honor grandparents. The first Grandparents Day was proclaimed in by former President Jimmy Carter in 1979.
The first proclamation read in part – “Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us. Whether they are our own or surrogate grandparents who fill some of the gaps in our mobile society, our senior generation also provides our society a link to our national heritage and traditions.”
With more grandparents today than ever before there are many ways to spend the day together. Here are just a few –
• Create a family tree
• Work on a craft together using a hand print or silhouette of the grandchild.
• Spend time in the garden sharing your knowledge with grandchildren.
The most important part of this day is spending time together and making memories. We hope you take some time to enjoy the Grandparents in your life and make some memories.