There is nothing like the unconditional love of a grandparent. If you’ve been lucky enough to have been raised with at least one, or in my case 3 grandparents and a great grandparent, you know what I mean.
Here’s a fun fact for you, Jimmy Carter, signed the proclamation making Grandparents Day a national holiday on September 6, 1979. He said that grandparents “are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they can often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations.” The truth is that for many of those reasons grandchildren are free to love and adore their grandparents right back!
I loved my grandparents and had at least one grandparent alive until I was 46 years old. I especially cherished my time with my grandmother. I loved everything about her from the deep, soft wrinkles in her face, the smell of cookies wafting from her kitchen, to the fact that she was always so happy to see me when I walked through the door; as though she hadn’t seen me in months, when in fact I lived next door and she probably saw me the day before. Now that I am a mom, I so enjoy watching my own children with their grandparents. It’s been one of the most enriching relationships in both their lives.
In honor of Grandparent’s Day, I want to honor mine and remind everyone to cherish theirs because they won’t be around forever, and really, no one loves you like your grandparents.