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Musings by Donna #63 Celebrating Grandparents

National-Grandparents-DayMother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Valentine’s Day are all special days we celebrate.  Some folks observe Rosh Hashanah, Diwali, Kwanza, Christmas, or Cinco de Mayo. More obscure days people honor are Friendship Day, National Nurses Day, Groundhog Day, Teddy Bear Day, and even Tax Day.  (You might celebrate if you got your taxes in on time and expect to receive a refund.) There is even Grandparents Day, which was celebrated today, September 8, 2013. Bring out the cake and ice cream!

th-1A vision of grandparents – older than dirt – rumpled house dress – beltless pants hung by suspenders – bent over – hobbling with cane or walker – hearing aid, false teeth on bedside table – Polident in bathroom – gray, curly hair – balding head.

Sound familiar? They were the grandparents of old – of my grandparents’ day.

Grandparents of today are hip. Donna-David-1 copy(See right. David and me – hip, trendy  grandparents.) Today’s Grannys and Grandpas can be seen on bike trails, on treadmills, and rowing machines. You may spot them sporting their neon-colored running suits on grassy, green walking paths or toting their yoga mats under their arms ready to take up the Downward Dog or Camel poses. Many Seniors are taking to the dance floor to learn the latest dance steps. Salsa is very popular.

If you are lucky enough to still have grandparents, send them a card. Let them know you are thinking of them. Tell them you care. I would … if I could. I wonder if 123 Greetings can email cards to heaven?


Grandma Pavlik Sefchik 1185146_10201782241977797_1331808763_nPop&Gram50thAnniversaryPictureb

That’s Gram and Pop O’Donnell on the left. They were my paternal grandparents.

On the right is Grandma Pavlik-Sefchik. She was from Arizona. I never knew either of my maternal grandfathers.

National Grandparents Day originated in 1978 by Marian McQuaide, who wanted to remind younger generations of the wisdom, treasures, and history that the elderly possess.

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  1. I had one of my grandkids here today. I got to pretend to be a horse and then a horseshow announcer and then a kid looking to buy a horse. Do you see a theme to today? All too soon this kid will outgrow these games, so I’m having fun while I can.

    Comment by Judy Enderle | September 9, 2013 | Reply

    • Judy,
      Sounds like a lot of fun. You sound like one of those perky grandparents I was referring to. Little grandkids bring out the “kid” in us. Enjoy every minute.

      All best, Donna

      Comment by donnaodonnellfigurski | September 9, 2013 | Reply

  2. Happy Grandparents Day to you both. We celebrated our day by going to Lily’s 2nd birthday party. Four out of five grandchildren were there. our oldest son and his family live in NZ. We only get to visit through Skype. Have a great day. patti Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2013 04:05:21 +0000 To:

    Comment by John & Patti Jug | September 9, 2013 | Reply

    • Patti,
      You are lucky to have your grandchildren so near. I know you enjoy them so much. Mine are nearly grown.

      Hugs, Donna

      Comment by donnaodonnellfigurski | September 9, 2013 | Reply

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