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National Grandparents Day: Respect and Love

The 13th of September 2015 marks National Grandparents Day. This day may not receive the attention it deserves, but I personally love it. I value the wisdom and endless strength that grandparents hold in life.

I have my own kids now, but grandparents started the family. Sooner or later, our kids will grow up and we, too, will become grandparents (weird!). Time flies so fast.

"If you're lucky enough to still have grandparents, visit them, cherish them and celebrate them while you can." - Regina Brett, author

In recognition of National Grandparents day, let's show appreciation to the originators of family. While we don't need a day to recognize grandma and grandpa, sometimes a gentle reminder does some good. Here are some ways to spend the day with grandma and grandpa.

1. Bring them to a park

It seems ironic but grandparents often enjoy company in solitude. Clear as mud? Grandparents often enjoy the company of others in peaceful, isolated locations. While they will certainly enjoy the park, they will enjoy their time with you in a peaceful environment even more.

2. Call them and say "I love you"

Yes, I know this can be done everyday. But let's face it. Not all of us are into showing affection, or many of us let the days pass too quickly.

Put a brief pause on the hustle and bustle of the day and call them. Tell them you love them or say what comes from the heart. "Grandma/Grandpa, you're the best. Thanks for everything. I love you. I love you so much."

3. Token of appreciation

What grandparent doesn't love knick knacks and trinkets? Send your grandparent something they could find useful or that would brighten their day. This doesn't have to be a retail gift. That is not necessary. The point is to give them something that would make them happy. A card, updated family pictures for them to enjoy, etc.


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