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Monday, September 5, 2016

Grandparents

Grandparents are special people.  They take us to our favorite places, play with us, buy us things and spend time with us all because they love us.  Grandparents make you feel like you are the most precious thing in the world. Although we don't always treasure the time we have with them; they treasure the time they have with us.

This was my grandmother, "Gram" as we called her, and I miss her all the time.  She passed away a few years ago while in her late nineties (although she looked much younger than 90.  I hope I have those genes!)  She had such a positive perspective on life and a great sense of humor.  Take the photo for example; she never had driver's license but she sure had to have her picture taken in this sport's car pretending she was going out cruising.  It's one of my favorite photos of her.  Luckily my own children got to know her and had a relationship with her even though it was a long distance one.  My grandmother loved to write and receive letters via the post office.  She was hip enough to use email and Skype or Facetime, but there is nothing like getting a handwritten letter from someone, especially now a days.  It tells you a person took time out of their day for you and when you receive that handwritten letter, it is like holding a piece of that person in your hands.  My grandmother's letters were a piece of history as she shared what life was like for her as a teenager growing up during the Depression, stories that I never knew.  To me and my daughter, these letters are priceless and whenever we miss her, we take them out and hear her voice and laugh at her sense of humor. 

Sunday, September 11th is  Grandparents Day.  I encourage you to let your grandparents know how special they are to you.   Take time out of your day to make a phone call, Facetime, Skype or even better, go visit them if they live nearby. If they have past on, share stories with your children about them.  Many happy memories can be derived from this and it's a way to find out more about your heritage if old family photos and stories are shared.  Or maybe learn how to make a recipe that has been in your family for years.  For my family it was learning how to make Gram's Swedish Pancakes or her chocolate chip cookies. 

Grandparents are special people and it's important that we show them how much we love them.  Celebrate your grandparents.  It will make their day and your day too!

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