“To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.” Chinese Proverb.
National Grandparents Day is a national holiday celebrated the first Sunday of September after Labor Day of each year. This year the holiday falls on September 11.
The holiday was created by former President Jimmy Carter by proclamation in 1978 (believed by many to be his greatest; some would say only; accomplishment as president). The statute cites the day’s purpose as: “…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”.
Grandparents are a family’s greatest treasure. They are the defenders of our family traditions. They are the foundation upon which a strong family structure is built. They provide a special kind of love that sets them apart. Grandparents have the ability convey knowledge while providing a seeming endless supply of cookies. However, despite their wisdom, some answers still elude them. For example, my mother told me that one of life’s greatest mysteries was how the girl who wasn’t good enough to marry her wonderful son (my wife) can be the mother of the smartest grandchild (my son) in the world. I guess my gene pool won out.
The official flower of the U.S. National Grandparents Day is the forget-me-not. Interestingly, forget about giving the official flower as a gift on Grandparents day, it blooms in the spring and is not available. Accordingly, seasonal flowers are typically given in appreciation to grandparents.
Happy Grandparents Day to all!
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