– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
Last Sunday, September 13, many across the nation celebrated National Grandparents Day. In case you are wondering how this special day began, it was the idea of West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade.
The first Grandparents Day was proclaimed by Governor Arch Moore in 1973. And in 1978 National Grandparents Day was created by a federal proclamation. It was celebrated for the first time on Sunday, September 9, 1979.
There is just something so special about being a grandparent … and about having a grandparent! Don’t you just love what author Lois Wyse says, “Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.”
I picture the “dots” connecting the generations as great-grandparents … grandparents … parents … and kids all holding hands with one another, with their lifetime experiences stretching across parallel worlds.
My mother went through the Great Depression and World War II. And by the time Pops’ and my youngest grandchild was born, a man had walked on the moon and I-Phones and laptops were commonplace.
If you are a grandparent, you may want to write your grands a letter sometime this month, telling them how the world has changed since you were born and why you are glad that they are your grandchildren. Maybe you could share a favorite piece of wisdom or encouragement that your grandparent shared with you.
If you are a parent, now’s a good time to get in touch with not only your grandparents, but also grandparents of your children. A phone call, hard-written letter, or store-bought card can express a simple message that will mean so much, “I love you!”
And this would be a great month to make a family tree with your child or grandchild. It doesn’t have to be complicated. This You Tube Video explains how you can do this in Microsoft Word 2010: http://youtu.be/P-EnP4Bbs54
You might also want to check out http://trees.ancestry.com/.
Are you honoring any grandparents this month? If you are a grandparent, are you doing something special this month with your grandkids?
Copyright © 2014, 2015 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart by Nancy Downing and Mary May Larmoyeux: This handy book helps generations learn from one another. Organized by month, it’s filled with 365 creative ideas that include getting-to-know-you activities, fun ways to teach Bible verses, easy-to-make games (paper and electronic), creative suggestions for making lasting memories, and much more.