Happy Grandparents’ Day

To all the grandparents . . . Happy Grandparents’ Day!  I have friends who are grandparents, and I see how they relish the role.  Part of it has to be seeing your own children in their “role of a lifetime”–as parents.  But another part has to be the opportunity to interact with children–their beautiful, perfect, grandchildren–in a way that differs exponentially from the day-to-day routine set down by the parents.  And though most grandparents do their best to implement the rules and regulations instituted by the parents, grandchildren simply can do no wrong.  Laundry can wait.  Time is no matter.  And there is nothing wrong with that extra cookie or staying up a little late.  Yet as much as grandparents enjoy their role, I believe that children benefit immensely from a close relationship with their grandparents.  Everyone needs a fan, someone to dote on them from the moment they walk through the door, someone who believes they’re number-one at all times.  Oscar and Edgar are so fortunate in their grandparents–they love their Grandma and Grandpa and are loved so much in return.  There is a saying that children might forget what you did, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.  Grandparents make their grandchildren feel as though they are the center of the universe, that nothing else matters when they are in the room.  And that is something worth celebrating!  Happy Grandparents’ Day!

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