This past Sunday was Grandparent’s Day and it probably, rightfully so, got overshadowed with the resemblance of 9/11. I remember sitting and watching the TV when second tower was hit and it’s not something that can be easily forgotten. But I wanted to make sure our grandparents got the recognition they deserve.
All of my life my two biggest supporters have always been my mom and my grandma. I remember countless sleepovers, shopping days and trips to see the newest Disney movie in theaters. During my college days, my grandparents lived near campus and I was able to live with them for 4 years continuing to make memories. My grandma has always been one of the most important people in my life. I’m able to talk to have real conversations with her and I’m able to act goofy around her. Grandparents are there to completely spoil you, and trust me, my grandma did. When I got spend the night at her house, you better believe she had a Hershey’s chocolate bar and a Pepsi waiting for me (something I wasn’t allowed at home because I got wired from all that caffeine).
Looking back on all the memories I’ve made with my grandparents, especially my grandma, makes me really thankful that Michael is able to know his grandparents AND great-grandparents. Not many people know their grandparents these days, let alone their great-grandparents (I was thankful enough to know mine). We live within 15 minutes of both Michael’s grandparents and his great-grandparents (his other great-grandparents live in Florida, which he has thankfully gotten to meet several times). I am so thankful that we live so close where Michael is able to make all those memories with them. He gets to see all of them at least once a week, a week and a half tops, and build relationships with them. He gets excited when he sees their house and he “talks” about them when we’re not around. On Sunday mornings, the first thing he does when we get to church is look for Grandpa Bob, trust me, he is on a mission.
Grandparents hold a special place in your house. A place that can’t be filled. They love you unconditionally and spoil you beyond imagination. I don’t know what it’s like to be a grandparent, but I know what it’s like to be a granddaughter and it is special gift. I have wonderful grandparents and I have a special relationship with each of them. As a mom, I know the importance of Michael getting to know his grandparents, to develop a special relationship with each of them. This past Sunday, we had a shopping day with my grandma, mom and sister (the other one had to work) and it was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time. It was something we grew up doing and this time my sister and I got to bring our kiddos along to continue the tradition.
I believe that traditions, start with the grandparents. They set up these activities as first-time parents to do with their kids and it just continues on down the line. Grandparents are more important to our lives than they probably realize. I have so many fond memories because of them that I can’t wait to to share and continue with my own kids.
If your grandparents are still around, be sure to let them know just how much you love them.