National Grandparents Day

320px-Myosotis_victoria_dsc00894Today we celebrate National Grandparents Day – a wonderful day of celebrating a three-generation family tree, filled with wisdom and resolve of life.

I included a picture of Forget-me-not. This brilliant spring flower is the official flower of U.S. Grandparents’ Day. It symbolizes so well, as I see it, the relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren. Grandchildren awaken a new spring in us grandparents with their infectious exuberance and zest for life.

Grandparents Day is a day to be mindful of not only the significant role we grandparents play within the family, but the amazing gift we receive from our grandchildren. They rekindle in us for example a joy of just ‘hanging out’ as my grandchildren would say when I ask: “What are you up to?” “Hanging out,” they reply while amusing themselves and creating fun with just anything around.

Oh, I almost forgot, the kids bring out in us that infectious giggle we may have forgotten we had. It is that inner child in us waking up again.  Did you realize that this awakening is a special power? It lifts our spirit and boosts our energy. At times, it puts our pain on hold while a pure sense of well-being rushes through us.  Enjoy A song for Grandma and Grandpa by Johnny Prill:

History of Grandparents Day

When I read that the Grandparents Day proclamation  was signed only 35 years ago by President Carter, I became curious who was the brainchild behind it?

Grandparents Day originated in West Virginia through the wisdom and persistence of a remarkable woman, Marian MacQuade, coal miner’s wife and mother of 15, grandmother of 40, and great-grandmother. “Her efforts bore fruit in September 1978, . . . The first nationwide observance occurred in 1979 and it continues to grow in popularity,” Donald W. Wyatt wrote. Enjoy reading further about Marian’s amazing achievements and humanitarian activities devoted to the care of the aging population on a regional, state and national level.

Future Impact of Grandparents

The Grandparents holiday will inevitably grow in significance over the next decade and beyond as the number of grandparents in the United States is expected to rise from 65 million in 2011 to 80 million in 2020. As the number of grandparents grow so does the impact they make on the lives of their grandchildren. In 2012, 30% of children under five with working mothers were cared for on a regular basis by a grandparent.

We grandmothers are the backbone of grandchild care and the considerable future needs. The good news is that we will be up for the challenge. Grandmothers today are more active, fit and pay attention to their health.  Who could better make the case than: The Grandmas We Rock: Grandma Boogie Woogie:

Enjoy a Happy, Fun-Filled Grandparents Day!

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