Save the date! Sunday, September 13 is National Grandparents Day.
You’re thinking, didn’t we just celebrate seniors a few weeks ago? Yes, we did, but grandparents come in all ages, with few exceptions. And, they are grand enough to honor more than once a year.
It all began in 1970 with an idea by Marian McQuade, a West Virginia housewife that wanted to encourage others to visit their elderly relatives. McQuade petitioned her senators and eventually President Jimmy signed the resolution into law to make the first Sunday after Labor Day National Grandparents Day.
How can we honor our grandparents? If they live close by, that’s an easy one. Take them to a restaurant or fix a meal for them. Give them greeting cards and gift cards to their favorite places.
For young children that want to participate in making something unique, write the word grandparents vertically on a piece of paper. Ask your child to think of words that describe their grandparents starting with each letter of the word grandparent. If they’re old enough to write, let them fill in these words.
If your child has a Facebook page, encourage him to change their profile picture on September 13 to one of their grandparents. Ask them to add something like this text. “I’ve changed my profile picture to my grandparents to celebrate them on National Grandparents Day. Have a happy Grandparents Day to all the grandparents out there.”
If your grandparents aren’t able to get up and around, visit them on this day (and many other days). Run errands with or for them. They will want to see the legacy in their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Take up-to-date photos in frames for display.
If your grandparents live miles away and visiting with them in person isn’t possible, you can still do most of the above suggestions. Assuming your grandparents are tech savvy, schedule a time to Skype or have some Facetime via a smartphone with them on that special Sunday.
Unfortunately grandparents do not live forever. You can still remember them on this day. Give financially or of your time to one of their favorite nonprofit charities in their memory. In case a grandparent in your neighborhood or at your place of worship doesn’t have family nearby, invite them for lunch or dessert in the late afternoon on Sunday, September 13.
Grandparents.com suggests that every day can be a day to honor our older family members. What a great idea!