This Sunday (September 9) is Grandparents Day.
According to a 2010 survey by grandparents.com, 66 percent of grandparents
have never celebrated their day. The United States Census Bureau's
website explains the origins of this often
"In 1970, Marian McQuade began a campaign to establish a day to
honor grandparents. But such a day was not formally established
until 1978, when President Jimmy Carter signed a federal
proclamation, approving the first Sunday after Labor Day as
National Grandparents Day."
There are a growing number of kids living with their
grandparents, 7.5 million of them according to the 2010 census.
Breaking it down, that's 1 in 10 of all children in the U.S.
Grandparents are special people. I was fortunate enough to grow
up just a few minutes from my grandparents. They remain two of the
strongest examples of God's love that I have seen in my life.
So, in honor of Grandparents Day, here are some quotes about the
parents of parents.
1. "Because [grandparents] are usually free to
love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily
responsibility for them, they can often reach out past pride and
fear of failure and close the space between generations."
-President Jimmy Carter
2. "Nobody can do for little children what
grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the
lives of little children." -Alex Haley
3. "What children need most are the
essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give
unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in
life. And, most importantly, cookies." -Rudolph Giuliani
4. "If grandmas hadn't existed, kids would have
inevitably invented them." -Dr. Arthur Kornhaber
5. "If God had intended us to follow recipes,
he wouldn't have given us grandmothers." -Linda Henley
6. "What is it about grandparents that is so
lovely? I'd like to say that grandparents are God's gifts to
children. And if they can but see, hear and feel what these people
have to give, they can mature at a fast rate." -Bill Cosby
7. "Grandparents, like heroes, are as necessary
to a child's growth as vitamins." - Joyce Allston
The Bible says in Proverbs 17:6 that "Grandchildren are the
crowning glory of the aged… This Sunday, consider doing something
to celebrate Grandparents Day. Invite them to join their grandkids
for the kids' service. Help the kids make cards with their own
quotes on them. Help kids understand their family better by making
a family tree. Of course, whatever you do, always be sensitive to
your kids' individual situations (for example, a recent loss of a
grandparent). Go celebrate Grandparents Day, then come back and
tell us what you did in the comment section below.