“Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.” – Marcy DeMaree
There is no denying that grandparents hold a special place in our hearts. Whether they go by Grandma and Grandpa, Meemaw and Pawpaw, Nana and Grandpop – the names do not matter so much as the love and legacy that they add to our lives. National Grandparents Day, established in 1978, is a day set aside to celebrate the stories, the wisdom, and the sense of belonging grandparents offer to their families. With Curran’s Flowers, celebrating Grandparents Day is beautiful.
A century ago, it was more common for grandparents to live in the same home as their children and grandchildren. However, as culture and living arrangements began to change, grandparents had less and less influence on the daily lives of their families. Marian McQuade, a mother and grandmother herself, rallied Congress to declare the first Sunday after Labor Day as a time set aside to encourage generational sharing and togetherness.
McQuade’s vision was not one of a commercial holiday, rather as a day for reunions, gatherings, and sharing. She also saw it as an opportunity for grandchildren to express their love and gratitude to the elder generations.
Recent years have actually seen a possible return to multi-generational living, with neatly 40% of American households once again having a grandparent in residence. This is a positive trend, as researchers tell us that children who have frequent interaction with a loving grandparent are more confident and happy throughout their lives.
Celebrating Grandparents Day is made easy when you begin with Curran’s Flower’s online collection – pick something beautiful, and go spend the afternoon learning about the lives of your amazing grandparents!
Whether your grandparents live in Danvers or across the miles, September 10 is the day to thank them for their lives and legacy.