Yes, the Sunday after Labor Day is National Grandparent Day. Something I didn’t think would happen for me. Then five years ago my first grandchild was born. This makes National Grandparent Day my day. Now I even have another grandchild. I am lucky to have a boy and a girl for grandchildren. I felt my two sons were a blessing and now to have two grandchildren is wonderful too.

Marian McQuade started in 1970 looking to have established a National Grandparent Day. Which happened in 1978. I learned there is an official flower and an official song. Pretty blue forget-me-nots with yellow centers are the flower and “A song for Grandma and Grandpa” by Johnny Prill is the song. I decided to listen to it on youtube. There was comment about going to the zoo with grandparents.  This reminded me of last November when I and their grandfather took our grandchildren and their parents to the San Francisco Zoo. It was fun. The kids rode in a double stroller. Weather was sunny and a little breezy. We brought our lunch and had a picnic. The first animal we saw were the giraffes. They were the animal theme for my grandson’s baby shower so he has lots of them in his room. The kids rode on the little puffer miniature steam train with their dad. While their mom and us the grandparents watched and took pictures. We also spent some time at the playground inside the zoo.  Fun day for all of us.

Speaking as a grandparent I don’t care that much what the activity is with my grandchildren I just want to spend time with them. I don’t live close to my grandchildren. I won’t see them on the 9th. I going to visit them a week later. Whenever I see them is okay with me. It is all a blessing.

I wish all fellow grandparents a Happy Grandparent Day.

Quotes Grandparents:

“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” – Alex Haley

“Everyone needs to have access to both grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being.” – Margaret Mead

“What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loos change, and they give me a million dollars’ worth of pleasure. – Gene Perret

“Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old.” – Mary H. Waldrip

“Grandparents make the world…a little softer, a littler kinder, [and] a little warmer.” – unknown