“Grandparents, like heroes, are as necessary to a child’s growth as vitamins” ~Joyce Allston

Grandparents who are either maternal or paternal are the foundation stone of any family. They occupy a very important place and possess authority in all decisions and matters. Furthermore they greatly influence their grandchildren since the day they are born. For who else would tell us stories when we huddle into their beds before breakfast or at night, or would smuggle chocolates and toffees when we were told not to eat them, or wipe away our tears when our parents scold us, or we could complain to when we thought our parents were being unfair, or cook our favorite dishes? Also in many circumstances grandparents even raise their grandchildren, such as if the parents have died or if either parent has remarried and the new spouse does not accept the child/children.

Grandparents Are a Blessing…

Those who are blessed with friendly and loving grandparents should consider themselves the luckiest people in the world. While some people are highly unfortunate, for they never get to know their grandparents, because they are no longer in this world when they were born or were too young to remember them. These youngsters don’t have clue as to who their grandparents were, their names, what they did etc. In such a case it is the parent’s duty to pass on the grandparents legacy and heritage to their children. While another reason is that due to personal relationship problems the mother might not want them to mingle with their Dada & Dadi or the father might not want them to mingle with their Nana & Nani. Although the best solution would be letting the children judge themselves whether they want to build a relationship or not.

Grandparents are Friends…

Grandparents are just like having adult friends. They talk to you, listen to your problems, you can share your thoughts and discuss anything with them, while also getting some really good advice for free! Whenever it’s your birthday or you pass your exam you can always expect them to remember and give you gifts. They also take you out for shopping, picnics, to see the latest movies etc. They look after you if your parents are not at home or if you are sick. If competent enough they even help you with your studies, especially in the subject of history!

Grandparents Should be Cherished…

But today it is a general practice that the old are often disregarded in all matters, as the younger generation feels that their grandparents are old fashioned and conventional in their thinking and are unyielding to modern ideas. They think that they (youth) are far more intelligent, advanced in their thinking and experience, and in short are the superior beings, knowing exactly what is best for them. Although the youth should in every way be more progressive and successful than their forefathers, but that does not mean that they should ignore their grandparents and give little or no importance to their experiences and what they achieved during in their lifetime.

Many of us don’t even bother to call our grandparents let alone visit them. Yet there is something that we have to understand about elderly people is that their bodies may have matured, but from the inside they are just like they used to be when they were young. Actually one never really grows old emotionally; there is always a part of us that wants to feel cherished.

Origins of National Grandparents Day…

It was for these very reasons that exactly forty years ago a housewife Marian McQuade, in West Virginia raised her voice for the cause of neglected elderly people in nursing homes. One of her major aims was to convince grandchildren to benefit from the wisdom of their grandparents and to follow the traditions that they had set. So it was purely because of her efforts that President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, declared that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day (1st May).

Let Your Grandparents Know What They Mean To You…

We never celebrate this day in our country, and it really doesn’t matter because we are not bound to some day, we can tell them how we feel any time, any hour, any day or month of the year. We must appreciate and acknowledge that our grandparents love us selflessly and devotedly, expecting no return. They are like an oak tree that nurtures and protects us. But that does not mean that we should turn a blind eye to their needs, because when we grow up our grandparents need us. They were always there for us, and it’s time we did the same. But sadly not many people realize this, and if they ever do, it’s already too late. So for those of you who have just read this article, the first thing you should do is to call or visit your grandparents and let them know how precious they really are!

 

 

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