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Celebrating Grandparents Day

Celebrating Grandparents Day

I’ve got to be honest…I’ve never officially celebrated Grandparents Day. I’ve always thought it was just a day to request gifts and flowery cards. I did some quick research about the event to see if I was missing a party and I learned some fun things about the event that was proclaimed a national holiday by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. The purpose of the event is threefold but the part that hit home with me is…”to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children.” For me this sounds like an invitation to ramp up Sunday dinner for one Sunday in September. Count me in. So, here’s the plan to celebrate Grandparents Day this year.

Ruth's Granddaughters

My Grandparents Day Celebration

The big girls (ages 4 and 7) will come over early to help fix dinner. We’ll don our aprons and fix their favorites: baked chicken fingers (I just can’t bear to do chicken nuggets for Sunday dinner), broccoli, polenta, watermelon, and cookies. In honor of my Mom, we’ll set the table fancy with name cards, the good dishes, water glasses with lemon slices, cloth napkins and flowers.

While we fix dinner we’ll listen to music, dance and laugh. Grandpa loves to dance and laugh so he’ll join in the festivities. He’s got some special dance moves that the girls love now but when they are teens they will be embarrassed beyond belief.

When it’s dinner time the family will gather. We’ll all ooh and ahh over the baby who will shower us with smiles and babbling. The dogs will find their place under the table right below the 4 year old who somehow cannot make it through a meal without feeding a dog or two. During dinner we’ll talk about what a wonderful dinner the girls made and the fun we had and we’ll start planning next year’s Grandparents Day.

Suddenly I love Grandparents Day. I can hardly wait for the celebration to begin. How are you celebrating with your loved ones?

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