Did you know tomorrow is Grandparents Day? I didn’t until recently looking at the calendar. I was blessed with knowing three of my grandparents for most of my life. Here are the three grandparents I knew. From left, they are Grams (Fran), Grandpa (Dick), and Grandma (Artha). This was circa 1970s at the house where I grew up.
All three of them had long and amazing lives. Grams lived to be 93 years old, Grandpa lived to be 86 years old, and Grandma lived to be 92 years old. I only hope that I have such a long and wonderful life as they had. I never had the privilege of knowing my other grandfather. He was quite a man from all I have heard. He would have loved his family.
My siblings and cousins were blessed to have these amazing people in our lives. All three of them taught me so much. They taught me about the importance of family, the gift of education and its importance, the ability to write and tell stories, the necessity of hard work, the love of teaching children, the enjoyment of music and singing, and the ability to laugh and make the most of my life.
I still miss each of them so much. I loved them dearly and know that they all loved me as well. The fact that I had one grandparent until well into my 40s is such an amazing blessing.
Now, my parents are wonderful grandparents to Ian and his cousins. They are called Grandma and Grandpa. Up until recently, Ian called Dad Auguguk. This was a name he made up since he couldn’t say Grandpa. My husband’s parents are Gran and Grandpa Cates. They are also great with Ian and his cousins on that side of the family.
I am thankful to all of them for how much they love Ian and enjoy spending time with him. It is really great that the wonderful grandparent tradition has continued with them.
To my grandparents, I am thankful for:
- Learning the ability to speak for myself
- Encouraging me in my dreams
- Making a point to have the family get together
- Having a beach house where our family can continue to gather
- Listening to me when I spoke to them
- The gift of my cousins, and aunts and uncles
- Telling me about Willie, Mrs. Oheyou, and the importance of wondering
To my parents and in-laws, I am thankful for:
- Times you play with Ian
- Taking Ian on bike rides at the beach
- Buying him a bike with training wheels
- Reading with him and now listening to him read
- Spending time with him and his cousins
- Watching him so Kirk and I can have date nights
- Loving our son as much as you do
Here are a few quotes about grandparents:
- “Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.” ~ Author Unknown
- “Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” ~ Alex Haley
- “When a child is born, so are grandmothers.” ~Judith Levy
- “Grandchildren: the only people who can get more out of you than the IRS.” ~Gene Perret
- “Few things are more delightful than grandchildren fighting over your lap.” ~ Doug Larson
- “A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart.~Author Unknown
In honor of grandparents day, I want to end with what my Grandpa ended all Willie stories with, “I Still Wonder Where Rainbows Come From.”