By Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Coordinator
Did you know September 9th is National Grandparents’ Day? Everyone should learn about this special day so we can honor and celebrate our grandparents.
President Jimmy Carter signed the bill for Grandparents’ Day in 1978. It was first introduced by Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia who became the founder of National Grandparents’ Day. Marian made it her goal to educate youth about significant contributions that seniors have made throughout history. It was also Marian’s goal to have youth “adopt” a grandparent, not just for one day, but permanently.
Grandparents’ Day brings families together. This special day reminds us that the time we have with our grandparents means as much to us as it does to them. We can create memories such as baking a pie or working in the workshop at our grandpa and grandma’s house.
Not only does the time we have with our grandparents give us an opportunity to reflect on the love and kindness they give to us every day, but also to share their wisdom, including the values they were taught, such as financial stability, health and wellness.
Some grandchildren are lucky enough to work or live with their grandparents, and in some cases, become a short or long-term caregiver. Having a grandchild as a caregiver makes it possible for the grandparent to stay in their home longer and remain in the company of family and loved ones.
For many of us, the loss of a grandparent can leave an empty void in our lives, but the memories live in our hearts forever. Cherish and honor your grandparent every day because the love between a grandchild and grandparent creates a special bond that no one can break.