This Sunday was National Grandparents Day, signed into law in 1978. The slightly cynical part of me was glad to learn that the holiday was started not by a card-maker or a florist but rather by a woman who had 43 grandchildren! She simply wanted Americans to set aside a day for grandparents and grandchildren to show their love for one another. That’s about as pure and simple—and grassroots—as a holiday can be.
Whenever grandparents and grandchildren spend time together, it’s golden. The older generation gets to pass down their values and hard-earned wisdom. The younger folks feel tied to family and linked to the past. And everybody loves the attention.