National Grandparents Day

I glanced at my calendar today and saw that it is National Grandparent’s Day. That’s for me as I have two grandchildren that I love. They are under the age of 10. A little boy who is in second grade and my granddaughter who is four. She would be attending nursery school except for current COVID shelter in place in California.

This year since March how I see my grandchildren on a regular basis is in zoom family gatherings. We typically do them every two weeks. I get to see their Lego construction projects and smiling faces. Before that I would drive to the SF Bay Area once a month to visit the family in person. Usually we would have dinner together. My favorite part is reading books to them at bedtime and the hugs I get.

On August 3, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation. The statute cites the day’s purpose: “…to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer”.

The statue set the annual date to be the first Sunday after Labor Day. I am marking my calendar now for next year.

The idea of this day is to be an opportunity to treasure that connection and spend some quality family time together. Grandparents and their grandchildren have a special connection that is proven to both make grandparents live longer and make children more emotionally resilient per website.

I am very happy to be a grandparent.

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