Today is Grandparents Day.

While you could glaze over this holiday as just another greeting card company plot to get you to spend money, acknowledging this underrated calender day may not be a bad idea.

How many of us take the time to visit our grandparents? If we’re fortunate enough to have them around, do we make time for them?

Even if they live close by, how often do we take the jaunt over, or at least give them a call?

Have some of us fallen into the “only on major holidays” visitations?

On a recent visit to Millie’s Hallmark store on Elliot Road in the Ahwatukee Plaza, the manager mentioned most customers don’t come in for Grandparents Day cards.

Let’s make an effort today.

I grew up incredibly close to my grandmother, Angie, and grandfather, Ray. Though my grandfather passed away a few years ago from Alzheimer’s complications, my grandmother is still around, as strong as ever.

She still lives a mere three blocks away from my house.

I’d like to think my grandparents played a big role in shaping my character. As an only child, I spent most of my after-school and summertime with them. At the time, and even now, I felt like no one understood me quite like my grandparents.

There’s a special bond with grandparents and grandchildren that differs from parent to child.

Grandparents spoil you. They admire over the smallest school achievements, like third place in a spelling bee, or a most recent drawing with Crayola marks outside of the lines. For older kids, they are a source of comfort or reassurance when mom and dad “just don’t understand.”

They are, in some ways, our second parents.

Sure, birthdays and wedding anniversaries are good holidays to turn the tables and spoil them for a change. But why not make the extra effort on a day set aside for grandparents.

The other day my mom was on the phone with my grandmother, having their daily phone conversation. I yelled over to my mom to say “hello” for me. On the other line, and again, down the street, my grandma made a request that I send her a picture of myself because she “forgot what I looked like.”

Joking of course, she laughed and I laughed. But that got me thinking, has it really been that long since I popped over to her house for a cup of tea?

Taking to heart the humorous comment, I’m going to make it a point to make sure my grandmother knows I appreciate her today, even if it’s with a box of her favorite peppermint tea or a card that says how much I appreciate her.

And after the day is over, I hope we all make it a point to drive, pick up the phone, or send a card over to our grandma’s and grandpa’s.

Millie’s Hallmark has a whole section for Grandparents Day, you know.


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