I have wonderful memories of each of my grandparents. But they are far different from the memories my children have of their grandparents. Who taught my kids to drive a boat, fish for crabs and snorkel? Grand Dad . Who taught them the value of giving back, the importance of always finding something good in another person and to not take life for granted? Papa. Who made them always feel loved and to laugh on a rainy afternoon eating grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup? Grandma W. Who reminded them to never give up, to refuse to limit their life's ambitions and to enjoy the little things in life? Grandma Cz. Each of their grandparents, whether they lived in Florida or Redondo Beach, were a valuable part of the lives of my kids and served as memorable and impactful role models. Unconditional love was always served up by each of these people.
Although my grandparents are long gone I still remember and live by the values they instilled in me. And it takes only an afternoon together with my 3 kids to have grandma, papa and granddad stories flying. We laugh together and we cry together because like me, they also no longer have their grandparents. If you or your kids are blessed to still have grandparents in your lives, I encourage you to take a moment to make a visit, give a call or send a card. Grandparents can be powerful memory makers: whether you know it now or not. And if you are blessed to be a grandparent, give your little ones a squeeze of love and know that you can make a difference in their lives.
You don't need a special day to remember grandparents; just a bit of effort and a regular sprinkling of love. But since today is Grandparents Day go ahead and endeavor to make this day more memorable for the grandma or grandpa that you love. It only takes a moment to make a memory.