Tomorrow, September 12 is National Grandparents’ Day.
Marian Mccardy of
is the founder of National Grandparents Day. Oak Hill, West Virginia
On August 3, 1978, then-President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation.
The statute cites the day's purpose as:
"... to honor grandparents,
to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children,
and to help children become aware of strength,
information, and guidance older people can offer".
My siblings and I grew up in the care of our grandmother who we call Inang. (By the way, Inang’s husband (our Lolo) died even before we were born so we didn’t have the chance to know him.) Since both our parents work as bank employees, Inang took care of us. My fondest memory of her is when she would feed and bathe us altogether. She would also ask us to pull out her white hair in exchange of a few peso coins or candies.
Now that we are grown-ups Inang moved out to her real home, a 45-minute drive away from our house. She is now 74 years old, not as strong and vibrant as before but she still recognizes all of us when we visit her. She exchanges stories with us and still gives us candies or chips to bring home.
My grandparents from Papa’s side are in the province, a 4-hour road trip from our place. We visit them at least twice a year especially during the Christmas holidays. My Lola is always teary-eyed when we bid goodbye. She would tell us ‘You’re leaving again. It will be months again when I will see my grandchildren.’ It leaves me teary-eyed too. We give them a call every weekend when we are all in the house so we can share our own little stories to them. Although we are far from each other, the connection remains strong and I am truly grateful for that.
My only wish for my grandparents is that God will give them longer lives and healthier bodies. They did a really great job in upbringing Papa and Mama. They have taught and embedded in us the values of respect, discipline and God-fear.
To my Inang, Lola and Lolos, happy grandparents’ day! I love you very much!
How about you? What's your fondest memory of your grandparents?
The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is that they have a common enemy. ~Sam Levenson