It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Chapter 10, Page 1, Book 11

What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humour, comfort, lessons in life and most importantly cookies.

Rudolph Giuliani

SUPER SATURDAY!/ Welcoming a new month and reflections on the old one.

Did you know that September 11th was Grandparent's Day here?  I know that I didn't get any calls or cards in recognition of the day.  It seems that it isn't a very well known holiday or at least not to my family. 

 In the years since Jimmy Carter first declared Grandparents Day a national holiday in 1978, we've been following his call to reflect on the impact grandparents have on our own lives and  on society.

During the boom years, people were so busy, that older people were often forgotten about. There simply wasn't time to visit. This has all changed in recent years. Family and community bonds are now recognised for what they can bring: stability and hope in the midst of darkness and uncertainty. Grandparents are now being re-discovered for the many blessings that they can bring. They have a wisdom, love and experience of life that no money can buy. Their influence is beyond measure. 

Just like Mother's Day and Father's Day, some may see it as just another marketing ploy for card companies to make more money. But at least it's a day that will highlight the huge role they play in our lives. Every day is a day to celebrate their special presence in our lives. My grandmother was my hero and the lessons she taught me will never be forgotten.

Being an older person, I sometimes feel like I really don't have much wisdom to share with others.  There are so many new ideas out there that really go against the grain of what I believe, that my thoughts no longer have much relevance in today's world.

One thing I know and maybe can never give a child too much love and the best thing parents can do for their children is to love each other.

October has arrived and it's a chilly 42 degrees here at my camper this morning.   Our temps have taken a nosedive here but next week it's to warm up some.  Of course inside it is much warmer.  I have a trusty little heater that is taking the chill off.  My camper furnace decided it didn't want to work any longer so the heater is filling in till I get it fixed. It's always good to have a back up plan.

Just sharing my grand'ma' wisdom with you today!  Have a SUPER Saturday!

'On Ya'-ma


betty said...

I think you are a very wise woman, Ma, and I appreciate your wisdom! I know your family does too! I know I heard just a bit about Grandparents Day here and there in the past; I didn't even realize it was President Carter that initiated it. I know we didn't do much for the grandparents when my kids were still at home; definitely a forgotten holiday that should be a bit recognized since grandparents are wonderful blessings for all!

Good idea to have that backup plan for heat especially on those cold mornings! 42 degrees, brrrrr!!

but a good way to welcome in October!

Love the tree header picture too; gorgeous!

enjoy the rest of your camping time!


Kathy said...

I didn't realize it was President Carter who started Grandparents Day either. Unfortunate that days created for recognition are taken over by the retail business and the days seem to lose their original purpose. I love your new picture on the header.

Hollie said...

I agree with Betty! You are a very wise lady & I appreciate all that you share with us!

It was in the 40s here this morning also. Good backup plan indeed. I've got to get another small electric heater for here. Our's died last year! I use it when it's just a little cool.

jack69 said...

You have said a truth, with the economy the way it is, grandparents and many other things forgotten have been rediscovered.
Love Robert Frost.
Sending love from florida.


I always made sure my daughters acknowledged Grandparents Day. But now that they've grown up they don't bother with it. It's sad my grandchildren don't get to celebrate with me. My grandmother was an important part of my life. Hope the rainy weather lets up so you can venture outside your camper tomorrow. Take care.