Grandparents Day 2011

We all know (and love) Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas Day, etc, but did you know there is a “Day” for just about anything you need rationalizing for? Here are a few of my favorites:

January  28th – National Kazoo Day

February  17th- Random Acts of Kindness Day

March 16th – Everything You do is Right Day  (much better than Everything You Think is Wrong Day – March 15th)

April 7th – No Housework Day

May 6th – No Diet Day

June 17th – Eat Your Vegetables Day (this is a great one for the kids)

July 28th – National Milk Chocolate Day (just in time!)

August 30th – Toasted Marshmallow Day

But one of my most treasured “Days” falls in September. In 1978 President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that National Grandparents Day be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Canada officially adopted this special day in 1995. The idea of Grandparents Day was initiated by West Virginian Marian McQuade who had ( you may want to sit down for this) 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild! Her interest and concern for seniors started with her own grandmother, who after working on the farm all day would head into town and visit elderly people in the community. She wanted Grandparents Day to acknowledge their importance to the structure of the family in the nurturing, upbringing and education of children.

There is an official flower – The Forget Me Not and an official song “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa”.

This year we celebrate Grandparents Day on September 11th. As a thank you to my son’s grandparents for all they do, I give them each a photo album highlighting the boy’s past year in pictures. It is amazing to see how much they grow and change in such a short time.

I am a planner at heart, and Grandparents Day is just under 7 weeks away so I have my work cut out for me. If you would like to have some images captured of your children for the special Grandparents in their lives,  I have 4 spots available in August to ensure you get your images in time. Please send me a note to stephanie@stephaniepasutto.com for more details.
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