Note from Dad: Grandparents Day

Note from Dad: Grandparents Day

On August 3rd 1978, then-President Jimmy Carter Congress passed the legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents' Day. For some reason many grandchildren forget to honor their grandparents on this day. A father and mother’s hopes are that someday they will be blessed with grandchildren, to love, spoil and carry on family traditions.

Grandparents are the center of the family and whether they are alive or have passed it is important to remember and honor them. Think back on the day you were married and remember how proud your parents were and how excited they were when you told them that they were about to become  grandparents. Most grandparents don’t care what activity they do—they just want to spend time with their grandchildren.

Some couples prefer not to have children and this is certainly their choice and no way does it show selfishness or disrespect. However, those who do have children this day means to show love and respect either by a card, phone call or visit. As a grandparent, I look forward hearing from my grandchildren because it shows the family values I have taught my own children. Marriage provides this opportunity and creates a strong family bond, which hopefully will be instilled when their children become parents. Let’s appreciate all the joy and wisdom that grandparents bring to our lives and remember them on this special day!