I want to celebrate, thank, and congratulate all aging adults for their immeasurable contribution to our world!
Did YOU know that Sunday, September 9th is Grandparents Day?
Grandparents Day has been celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day since its declaration by President Jimmy Carter in 1978, but after 40 years as a holiday, it’s still really not that popular, is it?
Some schools celebrate Grandparents Day with special activities where students can invite their grandparents to the school, but not many. Some towns may hold special events, but I’m not sure where. Definitely not in my town.
Since this holiday isn’t widely published or celebrated, how can YOU make Grandparents Day special or meaningful?
The following ideas will be appreciated by any senior citizen, whether they are a grandparent or not:
- Make a phone call, or two, or even three, just to say hello, check in on them, or say that you care.
- Invite someone older for dinner, or take him or her out for a meal
- Take an older friend or family member to a movie. They’ll love the new theaters with recliners!
- Take a golf lover to a driving range. Even if they don’t want to swing the club anymore, they might enjoy watching YOU!
- Pamper a senior by taking her for a pedicure. Many older women have never had the experience!
- Ask a senior to come over for a board or card game. Or, better yet… ask them to teach you, or your family a game they know and love.
- Play your instrument for them, or ask them to play music for you and watch their faces light up!
Really, the list could go on and on, because many older adults don’t care where they go with you or what they do… they just want to be invited!
BUT, what do you do if you’re a grandparent or older adult without an invitation?
My son told me once, “Mom, with the kids’ school and sports schedules, I can’t remember all this stuff. You’ll have to be proactive.”
Before you pout or feel sorry for yourself, remember that your family and loved ones may not even be aware of the holiday, or they don’t realize that you take it seriously!
Here’s how you can put your energy into action, instead of weeping:
- Ask your adult children, or the grandchildren if there is a celebration at their school that you can attend.
- Send cards to grandchildren telling them how much you love being their grandparent.
- Ask your grandchildren if they’ll go for a meal, ice cream, a movie or whatever with you for Grandparents Day.
- Call a local elementary school and ask if you can read a book to a class. They usually love this!
- Go to a senior living center, assisted living center, or nursing home and put a smile on someone’s face, any face that’s older than yours.
Then, follow up with many thanks and show your appreciation, so you’re likely to have more good times ahead!
Do you have more ideas to add? Please DO tell!
Does your family actually celebrate Grandparents Day? What do you do?