It's National Grandparents Day! The holiday falls each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. It was initiated at the grassroots level by West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade (seen in the image atop this entry) with the behind-the-scenes support of her husband Joseph L. McQuade.
This photograph is from a web-page, which discusses a number of interesting facts regarding National Grandparents Day; including the truism that "it's not a holiday invented to sell cards and flowers."
According to the aforementioned web-page, "there are three purposes for National Grandparents Day: 1. To honor grandparents. 2. To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children. 3.To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer."
The following picture,
shows my grandmother, Clara Fitchie, as a child (back row far right) with her siblings, who were to become my great aunts and uncles. Grace Fitchie, one of her sisters (last row, middle individual), was very dear to me.
I still have a birthday card (pictured below) that she sent me with a note (also pictured below), when I was a child; and, I've blogged about the significance of this a few times here on Blogger; including an entry which you may reference by clicking here.
And with this video clip, dear reader, I'll conclude my musings for National Grandparents Day, but not before, wishing you a chance to spent time with your grandparents, if you are fortunate enough to still have them. I also hope, if you have grandchildren you will be able to be in contact with them on this holiday. However, if you don't have your grandparents and don't have grandchildren, I hope you are able to honor National Grandparents Day by spending time with those in the elderly community, for indeed, as Herb Gardener's character stated in I'm Not Rappaport, "Old people. They're the survivors, they know something, The very old, they are miracles like the just born; close to the end is precious, like close to the beginning."
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