Happy belated Grandparents' Day to those of you who are grandmothers and grandfathers. I learned of this event by accident while shopping where I saw balloons adorned with Grandma, Grandpa, Papa and Nana. Apparently, Grandparents' Day was Sunday. How did I not know this?
I've since learned that in 1978 - the year I was pregnant with my first child - President Jimmy Carter declared the first Grandparents' Day, something that's always celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
Who knew? Not I.
In fact, nobody I know celebrates Grandparents' Day. It's just never caught on. And no wonder, because it's redundant. If you're a grandparent, then you're already a mother or a father, which means you've ostensibly celebrated already on Mother's Day and Father's Day, so Grandparents' Day is kind of superfluous.
Want to take a guess at Grandparents' Day's official flower? The forget-me-not, the perfect choice. It's a flower, plus a guilt-inducing message, all in one.
Setting aside the mostly unrecognized Grandparents' Day, there's the issue of a grandparent's name, which is far more important than getting a Mylar balloon from the unSafeway. I immediately noticed when looking at the Grandparents' Day balloons that there were only four grandparent name choices: Grandpa, Grandma, Papa and Nana. How limiting!
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