BY GENA HUFF, Editor
Sunday, September 9, marks this year’s Grandparents Day. Celebrated since 1978, the statute signed by then President, Jimmy Carter, states the purpose of Grandparents Day is “to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.”
Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, WV, is recognized as the founder of National Grandparents Day. It was her goal to educate youth about the importance of seniors in their community, to “adopt” a grandparent, not just for a day or a year, but a lifetime. Grandparents Day is recognized officially in other countries as well, on various days, and sometimes separating the Grandmother from the Grandfather with separate days. Among these are Australia, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and others. The official flower of the day is the Forget-Me-Not.
My grandparents were all very special to me. I was so blessed to have had the grandparents I did. They encouraged, educated, loved, supported, and prepared me, my siblings, and my cousins in ways only a grandparent is able.
Everyone has special names for their grandparents. Some are Mimis, PawPaws, MeMaws, Pops, Nanas, Granddaddies, Grannies, among many others. Mine were Little and Big.
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