I was looking for a cool graphic to promote Grandparents Day, and this one that I found (on the app Typorama) stopped me in my tracks. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this picture brings many words to mind. One word in particular that sticks out in my mind is nostalgia. To me, this picture depicts grandparents who look like they are about to ride off into the sunset. Something about the setting of the picture makes me want to hold on to them, memories of them, and to hear so many of the stories they possess.
Grandparents Day was founded by Marian McQuade to recognize the contributions of seniors. This year, Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 11, 2016. Grandparents are the foundation of a family. Doubtless, they’re the reason why your family upholds many dear traditions to this day.
I’ve never had the grandparent experience and it’s something that I’ve always wished I could’ve experienced. All of my grandparents passed away early on in my life. I remember them but I do not have memories of them (if that makes any sense). I think it would’ve been fun to bake cookies together, go to the park or a museum, or have them teach me something cool. I often hear stories about how good of a cook my paternal grandmother was. I wish I could taste some of those cakes and pies – or least have been able to ask for a recipe (smile)! I wish I could ask them about their lives or what my parents were like when they were little. I think I’d always let them know how important they are. Even though I never really got to know them, I still feel as though they are important to me.
I urge you to take time on Grandparents Day and let your grandparents know how important they are, because if you still have them, your family is blessed. Make the most of making memories with them. Sit down and tell them about your life or have them tell you about theirs. Indulge them in something they would like to do - maybe even help them prepare their favorite meal.
Most importantly, get family history! Let me say that a little louder, GET FAMILY HISTORY! Capture their family stories and advice while you can, because just like the people in the picture, once they ride off into the sunset, they’re gone. It will do them good to share and to know that you actually take an interest in what they have to say.
And if you’re like me and don’t have any grandparents around, find the oldest person in your family, or an elderly neighbor, or even visit a nursing home. There are so many elderly people in nursing homes who have no one checking on them. I’m sure it would put a smile on their face to see and talk to you, or even bring them a nice card.
Happy Grandparents Day!