People tend to have strong opinions about days set aside for certain celebrations (religious affiliations aside).
There are people who accept holidays that were established before they were born, like Valentine’s Day, yet renounce those established during their life’s tenure, like Grandparent’s day (formally enacted by the US Congress 1978).
Others celebrate where ever, when ever there is a holiday marker (personally, this is my preferred method of expression ;-)
Still others opt out of acknowledging any kind of holiday.
And to be realistic there are probably as many configurations of celebrants and non-celebrants as there are people!
Some of the people who fall somewhere on the continuum within the first group tend to be vocal about Grandparent’s Day as just another way to promote consumerism and commercialism. That’s the complaint I hear most. I will share my counterpoint perspective here.
Whether you “believe” in official holidays or not can have little or no bearing on how these days can serve as reminders for us. Reminders to acknowledge others for their service to the world, be it Grandparent’s Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day……etc.
When you take the opportunity to view life as an opportunity to serve, many things in your life shift. And from the grandparent’s I’ve talked to, there are few things as rewarding as ushering in the next generation which allows you to offer your services in a way that can profoundly enhances other’s lives.
So today, I invite you put your attention on the people in your family who have come before you and paved the way. By the very nature of their being and trailblazing, whether we agree with their chosen paths or not, they are worthy of acknowledgment.
Watch the Lavender Ladies slideshow with your Grandparents and honor all the phases of their lives.