National Grandparents' Day was originated and founded by a woman named Marian McOvade, born 1917-2008. She was a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. Marian was first motivated to enlighten the lives of lonely, elderly people in nursing homes, and yes, many of them were and are grandparents to somebody. Also her hopes and dreams were to encourage grandchildren to seek the wisdom and heritage of their grandparents. So at that time the President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, proclaimed in 1978 that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
This year it falls on Sunday, September 12, 2010. So celebrate with your grandparents by doing something with them such as: flowers, dinner, hugs and kisses, respect, a movie, a walk in the park, go to church with them, read to them, buy them a cup of coffee or tea or make them breakfast, take a picture together, hold their hand, think of something that would put a smile on their face. Listen to them!
This National Grandparents Day has been long overlooked. Yes, you have seen it on your calendar for years and years. Now let's have camera, lights and action.
In Exodus 20:12, one of the Ten Commandments in the Bible, it states to honor your father and your mother that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you. Then after the mother and father have children, you will become a happy, proud grandparent. In general, now you have the opportunity to get it right through the grandchildren.
So grandparents get a second chance to try and educate and give guidance to their grandchildren that they missed out on with their children.
Truly as grandparents we have seen with our eyes, heard with our ears and experienced quite a bit of life – the good, the bad and certainly the ugly part of life. We, as grandparents, tell them don't go into Door #3 because we know firsthand what's going to happen, been there, done that, however, as the human mind thinks, especially the young, youthful mind, oh, that's not going to happen to me. That was way, way back in the day. It's different now.
Continue to try and give wisdom with love and kindness and remember Romans 10:17 that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
Malika, is the proud grandparent of three beautiful grandchildren, Dawani, Zaniah and Ahmia, by her daughter, Iiesha. Two are now in college.