Wishing all grandparents a Happy Grandparents Day!
Tomorrow is Grandparents Day. I will be having a super day as it is also Zach’s Baptism day. I’ll be reporting on that complete with pictures later in the week. For now here is some information about Grandparents Day.
Jimmy Carter first declared Grandparents Day a national holiday in 1979 and so this is the 30th anniversary of this celebration. Jimmy Carter asked us to reflect on the impact grandparents have on our own lives – and on society. I recommend we do that this Grandparents Day also. I read a statistic that there are 70 million grandparents in the United States. Can that be? Wow.
I remember my grandparents very well. We lived upstairs from my maternal grandparents when I was very young, and I went downstairs for breakfast with them every morning. I remember my grandmother and mother doing a massive amount of baking and cooking at Christmas and the large kitchen table was full with baking preparation. I would “help” and ahhhh....I wish I had some of those recipes today. At Sunday dinner I always sat next to my grandfather - we had a special friendship. My paternal grandfather lived two blocks away. He had a mustache that tickled and we played dominoes together. He was hard of hearing and would visit us to watch a ballgame on Saturday afternoon as we had a TV – but it had to be very loud for him to hear it.
Grandparents create special relationships and impart lessons that last a lifetime. As Carter wrote, "Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us."
Grandparents.com has a major celebration going on. Visit for great articles, activities and more. Check out the groups – I am the moderator of the New Grandparents group – I hope you will join us.
You can also visit Grandparents.com on Facebook
Mommy Bloggers celebrating Grandparents Day on their blogs include:
Hula Hooping Mom
Maria Bailey of Mom Talk Radio
Maria at Saving Queen
On Thursday I had a great time celebrating at a pre-Grandparents Day party on Twitter and I met both of these Mommy Bloggers. There were mothers and grandmothers and super conversation – all 140 characters (That’s the limit on Twitter) at a time. The group is planning a Grandparents Night Out for 2010. Sounds like fun already. But this year I have to get back to party preparations for tomorrow afternoon at my house.
Have a wonderful Grandparents Day.