Wear your crown proudly!
Sunday is Grandparents Day! Some may think it is just another day designed by florists and card makers to make some extra bucks. Not so! That was not the intent of Mrs. Marian McQuade from West Virginia, who first initiated Grandparents Day in 1973.
Marian, the mother of 15 children, grandma to 40 and great-grandma to three, originally conceived the idea to honor the elderly, often forgotten people, in nursing homes.
It was President Jimmy Carter, who in 1978 declared it a national holiday to be celebrated on the first Sunday following Labor Day.
I love the scene in the movie “Parent Trap” where the twin is sniffing her grandfather’s smoking jacket. When he asks her what she is doing, she responds, “I’m making a memory.” Memories of our grandparents; trips we took, advice they gave, special treats between us two, a strange habit they had, we all have them. As generations pass, we too design memory times that will live with our grandchildren long after we are gone.
I recall a family gathering when the grown-up sons and grandsons entered into a banter of “PapaDee-isms;” statements made during their father/grandfather’s lifetime. They are memories they will cherish forever. He would say, “If they ever put a man on the moon, they’ll never get him back.” “Why, you’ve fixed enough food for Cox’s army.” “Every baby needs its cryin’ time.” “Why, you’re hammering like a woodpecker.” And, his favorite and mine, “Don’t bury me in black.”
I can remember as a child being taught to honor my grandparents. We did not interrupt and “talk over” anyone who was older. We played in another room while the older people were served dinner, and then our plates were filled by our mom. In today’s circle, children push and shove their way into the spotlight and live under the banner, “It’s all about me.”
Leviticus 19:31 says “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God, I am the Lord.” Proverbs 16:31 reminds us “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.”
Sunday is Grandparents Day! Wear your crown proudly! Wear purple if you want with a bright red hat. Run your cane along the fence. Walk barefoot in the mud. Eat a whole box of chocolate caramels. Dig out those bright red suspenders. Make chocolate chip cookie dough and eat it raw! Sleep ‘til noon. Watch a scary movie. Live it up! You deserve it. Have a Happy Day!