National Grandparent’s Day is coming up this Sunday, Sept. 13th. Many people may be thinking, I’ve never heard of this holiday, well let me give you a little background. According to Wikipedia:
Grandparents Day can be traced back to the first national Grandparents Day in 1978. With the efforts of Hermine B. Beckett Hanna, of North Syracuse, New York, who started the process in 1961… McQuade made it her goal to educate the young in the community to the important contributions senior citizens have made, and to the important contributions they are willing to make if asked. She also urged the young to adopt a grandparent, not for one day a year, not for material giving, but for a lifetime of experience and caring just waiting to be shared with others.
So what are some things you can do to help celebrate Grandparent’s Day? Making a card to mail to grandma and grandpa, reading about historic events, and my favorite is reading my ancestor’s family histories. If you have a grandparent/older parent who is alive and who hasn’t written down their family history, ask them, BEG them to do it. Often you’ll hear that they have had a boring life, nothing amazing has happened to them, etc.
My grandparents were born in the 1920’s and I love to read about them visiting family in horse or oxen driven wagons, the way doctors made house calls and even the quarantine signs doctors would nail to the house if someone in the family had measles. It is so cool to hear about their daily life then and how it has evolved over the years! Ask them about their childhood, if possible visit them in person, if you can’t do that call them. If your grandparents or parents have passed away go to a local nursing home or find an older person in your church and invite them to dinner and have them talk about their life. Appreciating where we have come from shows the progress we have made.
Another wonderful idea is to organize a family picture. Above is a four generation picture we took of my son, husband, father in law and grandpa in law. It was so cool to have and I know that we will cherish those pictures.
National Grandparent’s Day Website