National Grandparents Day

September 11, 2011

Grandparents Day is a family day. Most families Sunday hold gatherings and family reunions to treat these important members of the family. It is a special day to spend quality time with our grandparents.

Grandparents are the ones who have the answers to questions that most children ask about family histories. For this reason, this day may also be a story-telling time for grandparents to relate stories of the past, enlightening children about “the old days.” This is a time to discover one’s roots, learn patience, understanding, and appreciation for the elderly. It is the perfect time to enhance communication between the generations. We, too, will become grandparents, sooner or later. Someday, it will be our turn to pass on the legacy to the generations after us.

Grandparents Day began when in 1970, a West Virginia housewife, Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, initiated a campaign to set aside a special day each year to honor grandparents. The first Grandparents Day was proclaimed in 1973 in West Virginia by Governor Arch Moore. In the same year, Senator Jennings Randolph (D-WV) introduced a Grandparents Day resolution in the United States Senate. In 1978, US President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the celebration of Grandparents Day in September, signifying the autumn years of life. Sunday, this event is observed by millions not only in the United States but also around the world.

The Filipino extended family system holds a special place for grandparents. They are counselors, role models, and sources of time-tested knowledge. And we give them due recognition and respect by kissing their hands, addressing them with reverence, and attending to their needs. As we celebrate Grandparents Day, let us express our genuine thanks and appreciation to our grandparents for being the solid foundation of our family.

Happy Grandparents Day to our beloved Lolos and Lolas. Mabuhay po kayo!

Source: Manila Bulletin EditorialHappy Grandparents Day! September 11, 2011

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