Grandparents Day: How to Have A Successful Visit

Are you ever stumped about how to best enjoy a visit with older relatives? How to keep your younger ones entertained?  The Grandparents Day site has several good ideas, among them: “Help Children and/or Grandchildren to identify and date all photos in old family albums. Many happy memories can be derived from this.Everyone is a grandchild and can be involved in the observance of this day – a time to discover one’s roots and learn patience, understanding and appreciation for the elderly. Grandparents Day is the perfect time to enhance communication between the generations.” You can learn more about this holiday created by West Virginian elder-activist and mother of fifteen, Marian McQuade, at http://www.grandparents-day.com . One of McQuade’s intentions was to to help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.  Lord knows, that was true for me.

My Gramps and Granny

My own grandparents, on my mother’s side, are gone but fondly remembered. As a young woman, for a time I was their only relative in Atlanta – but regrettably I didn’t pay many visits that year. They moved to Indiana where more of their children resided, and it was a good move for them. As a child we had many happy times and they were huge influences on my values and mores. Gramps always said, “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.” And I never heard a bad word about anyone come from him. That kind of example is hard to beat! What good advice did your grandparents share? Post a Comment below and share them with us, too. Or email deb@perfectmemoirs.com

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