In Celebration of Grandparents!
Older Man, Older Woman of great style
So warm is your gentle smile
So loving is your caring touch
We love you ever so much.
You are always unselfish in your giving,
Showing so much compassion in your gracious living,
Because you express your love for us in a warm and gentle way
We give special honor to you on this National Grandparents day.
-By Carolyn Hartfield
Grandma's Off Her Rocker!
In the dim and distant past,
When life's tempo wasn't fast,
Grandma used to rock and knit,
Crochet, tat and baby sit.
When we were in a jam,
We could always count on gram.
In the age of gracious living,
Grandma's life was one of giving.
Now grandma's at the gym,
Exercising to keep slim,
She's off touring with the bunch,
Or taking all her friends to lunch.
Driving north to fish or hike,
Taking time to ride her bike.
Nothing seems to block or stop her,
Now that grandma's off her rocker.
- By Unknown Author
Do Something Special for Your Grandparent(s) Today!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Grandparents Day History Some Some Some Some people claim the origin of the holiday resides with the efforts of Hermine Beckett Hanna of North Syracuse, New York, recognizing seniors and their importance as early as 1961. On February 21, 1990, New York Congressman James T. Walsh recognized the efforts of Hermine Beckett Hanna in front of the U.S. House of Representatives, thanking her "for her important role in the establishment of Grandparents Day."
Others point to Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia who has also been recognized nationally by The United States Senate-in particular by Senator Alphonse D'Amato and President Carter-as the founder of National Grandparents Day. McQuade made it her goal to educate the youth in the community about the important contributions seniors have made throughout history. She also urged the youth to "adopt" a grandparent, not only for one day a year, but rather for a lifetime.
In 1973, Senator Jennings Randolph (D-WV) introduced a resolution to the Senate to make Grandparents Day a national holiday. Five years later in 1978, Congress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day and 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."