The impetus for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
In 2018, Grandparents Day falls on Sept. 9th
A Prayer of Blessing for Grandparents' Day
by Safiyah Fosua
Big Mama and Paw-Paw,
Memaw and Pop-Pop,
Grams and Poppie,
Nanna and Grandpa
If it were not for our grandparents
Where would some of us be?
If it were not for their sacrifices
Where would some of us have landed?
We bless you
for gifts of love and time and patience
We bless you
for the sacrifices you made in middle age and retirement
So that we would not feel the sting of want.
God bless you
For helping your children raise us
For teaching us your faith
For praying for us when we were lost
For keeping a strong light shining
In a world full of darkness.
We thank God
For surrogate parents everywhere!
HAPPY GRANDPARENTS DAY TO ALL
GRANDPARENTS DAY THIS YEAR IS SEPTEMBER 9TH