Happy Grandparent’s Day! PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

I just learned that today is Grandparent’s Day. It just happened yesterday I was at a big mall, SM, and they have numerous activities to commemorate the day for Lolos and Lolas. They may be doing it for commercialization and entice people to spend time and money (!) in this place. But for whatever motives this establishment have, it brought smile in my heart. It prompted me to pep talk my readers to greet their grandparents, thank and show their love.

In this millennial age, the Y Generation, wherein people seem to be always in a rush and wants instant gratification, let’s pause for a moment, greet, and spend time with our grandparents. They are in their twilight years and it means a lot to them if we always remember them. I hope parents or their children won’t relegate them only as “caregivers” of apos. I believe they did their best to give the best for their children and even to their grandchildren.

Just got this story from the internet how it started in the USA. Back in 1970, Marian McQuade, a West Virginia housewife, came up with the idea of a day set aside to encourage families to visit their elderly relatives. With a firm resolve to make it happen, she began lobbying policymakers. McQuade got through to her Senators, Jennings Randolph and Robert Byrd, who introduced a resolution to make Grandparents Day a national holiday. It took a while to reach the White House, but finally, in 1978, the resolution declaring National Grandparents Day as the first Sunday after Labor Day, was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter.

And since we, Filipinos, have strong family bonding. Please do visit your grandparents today. Give them big hugs and lots of kisses. Say how much you love them.

Proverbs 17:6 ESV “Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.”

By: Dante Corteza