Grandparents Day

Yes, this is a real holiday. It was initially proposed back in the 1950s and finally became a federal holiday by proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. Celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day each year, there is no need to send cards. Just share the love… the love of people for people… family for family… and Grandparents can also share it with the children of their children.

Long before we can become Grandparents, we all have Grandparents of our own. If we are especially fortunate, we get to know them and the joy they can bring into our lives. I was blessed with marvelous Grandparents and even got to know a Great Grandmother.

Though we are never sure that we can live up to the legacy set by our own Grandparents, we can always strive to do our best. And we have been blessed with Granddaughter Adaline…. Due to be joined in just a few weeks by Granddaughter Ayla.

Regardless of the family structure in your life as a child or as an adult, celebrate Grandparents Day today. Being a “Grand” can truly be grand.

(The photos include my sister Deborah with Grammy and Grampa Burnham and cousin Barbara in 1953,

with my sister Deborah and Grampa Gulumian in 1958, my Great Grandmother Rowe, Mom, Grammy Gulumian, and I in 1975, and Ron, Caiti, Adam, and I with Granddaughter Adaline and Frankie in 2021.)

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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