Being a grandparent is the best. Yes, it was awesome being a mom, but there’s something even more incredible about watching my daughters as mothers and experiencing the joy my grandchildren bring to my life.
Today we celebrate grandparents everywhere with National Grandparents Day. Did you know about this holiday? Everyday you spend with your grandchildren may feel like grandparents day, but there is actually a national holiday dedicated to it. President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day and signed it into law in 1978, according to timeanddate.com. The purpose of this day is to appreciate the joy and wisdom grandparents bring to our lives.
This is the perfect day to spend time with your grandchildren, no matter what you do. Perhaps you can share a meal together or spend time teaching your grandchildren a new skill, like fishing or baking.
Or maybe your grandkids are old enough that you can share a few stories about your life with them, and take some time to flip through old photo albums. We’re often so busy today that we don’t spend much time reflecting on the past, but this might be a great time to pass down some of the family history.
Grandparents Day is also the perfect time to share a favorite family recipe. Perhaps you and your grandchildren work together in the kitchen preparing the main dish for dinner. Or maybe you pass down a cookie recipe that’s been used for generations and make everyone dessert.
The point is to spend time together today and just slow down from the rush of life enough to really enjoy each other’s company. If you aren’t lucky enough to live in the same city as your grandkids and it’s not possible to be with them, hopefully you can carve out some time to talk on the phone or FaceTime.
I know my life wouldn’t be the same without my grand kids in it. And I’m hoping they know how special it is – and how lucky we are – to learn from each other, to laugh together and to know the love we share.
Happy Grandparents Day to all my fellow grandparents out there. Enjoy today!