Friday, September 11, 2009
When I was a kid, my sister and I would spend a week with our paternal grandmother each summer. Our widowed grandma lived in a very small town in Michigan with one stoplight. We walked everywhere since my grandma didn’t even own a car (nor could she drive one). Our favorite place to go was “downtown,” which consisted of one street. On the corner was an ice cream shop (just a window in the wall) where you could get soft-serve cones or ice pops. Down the street was the drug store, similar to what we call a dollar store now. They had bins of all sorts of little “treasures” that my sister and I liked to explore.
Then we’d leave downtown and head over to the town’s only playground, where we braved the monkey bars, which were shaped like a big dome high off the ground. (It seemed huge to us then!) Back at Grandma’s house, we’d play under the huge willow tree in her back yard or kick balls in the basement, which had a door leading out to the back yard. On rainy days, we played with Grandma’s games: checkers, Bingo and a Looney Tunes board game. At night, we’d snuggle down in the guest room bed with real feather pillows. My grandma’s been gone for many years now, but I still have fond memories of those summers at her house.
I hope my kids will also have fond memories of their grandparents. They’re fortunate to have two sets of grandparents who are still young and active. However, one set lives across the country and the other set travels for six months of the year, so my boys don’t get to spend as much time with them as we’d like.
On Sunday, September 13th, we celebrate National Grandparents Day, and Grandparents.com and MomSelect are encouraging everyone to pay tribute to the grandparents in their life. At Grandparents.com, they have plenty of great ideas for strengthening the bond between grandparents and grandchildren. You can also download a free eBook called 100 Free Things to Do with Your Grandkids. Click here for some fun ways to celebrate Grandparents Day!
And, parents, don’t forget to teach your children to appreciate their grandparents! Encourage them to create a special card for them or make a phone call to wish them a Happy Grandparents Day. As the Chinese say, “To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.” Ask your child’s grandparents to share their history and memories with your family. Remember, some day you’ll be a grandparent, too! Make the celebration of Grandparents Day a new tradition in your family!