For many of us, grandparents are special people in our lives, loving us unconditionally. They teach us about the past, show us the present, and help prepare us for the future. I have many fond memories of my own grandparents and the role they played in my life as I grew up. 

We valued family and connection and love, and the leaders of that were grandma and grandpa. 

As I grew older myself and became a mom, I thought nothing could be better than holding my own precious daughters for the first time. Then I became a grandma. Watching my own daughters holding their sweet newborns, and then holding my own grandchildren for the first time — that’s when I learned love only multiplies. 

I also learned how much fun it is to be a grandparent! 

Grandparents attend baseball games, dance recitals, art shows and piano concerts, cheering on our grandchildren and loving every minute. We remember birthdays, support school fundraisers, and let grandchildren stay up past their bedtimes when they sleep over at our house.

Grandparents take kids out for ice cream, let them eat Popsicles as a snack before dinner, and allow a second (or even a third) cookie after dinner. Sometimes, we even give the cookie without eating dinner. 

I am grateful for the relationship I had with my grandparents growing up. Today I am grateful for the relationship I have with my own grandchildren. I am thankful for the joy and love and laughter they add to my life.

It’s been such a blessing to see the world through their eyes, to view the wonder of life’s simple things: the feel of the ocean waves washing over our toes, watching fluffy snowflakes fall to the ground, the magic of the Christmas season, the excitement of digging in dirt and finding a wiggly worm in the fresh earth.

This Sunday is Grandparents Day. If you are lucky enough to live close by, hopefully you can (safely) spend some time with your grandparents or grandchildren on this day. If you don’t live nearby or can’t visit right now because of COVID concerns, pick up the phone and make a phone call. Drive by and wave outside the window. Write a note. Send a card. Even just text to say, “You’re important to me. I love you.”

There’s still time to order a special treat from Ashley’s too! Give us a call and we can have an order of deliciousness ready for you in time to celebrate. Whether grandpa is a fan of the glazed croissants or grandma loves our chocolate cake, we can make sure the special people in your lives have a special treat to enjoy!

As life gets busier and my grandchildren grow older, I know the schedules become more difficult, the calendar more full. I also know how much it means to me to be around them and I hope we continue to carve out time to be together. I hope they always know how loved they are, and I hope grandma and grandpa’s is always a safe, happy place.