Secular society has designated today as Grandparent’s Day. This observance originated from Marian McQuade of Fayette County, West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of the lonely elderly in nursing homes.
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that we would celebrate National Grandparents Day every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
Although some people will dismiss this as simply another way that merchants have devised to sell cards, flowers, chocolates, etc., grandparents have an important and unique role to play in our lives if we can tap into the wisdom and heritage they can provide.
For example, many children and adolescents, even young adults, will discuss things with their grandparents that they would never think, or dare, to discuss with their parents. Thus, a grandparent can be a very positive force in their life, if the grandparents can gently offer them solid guidance.
And what about those children who live a great distance from their grandparents? Then we should consider “fostering a grandparent,” so that we can provide all of our children with the benefit of the love and wisdom of previous generations.