A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do. – Lois Wyse

Another family time was celebrated in churches all over America. Grandparent’s Day has been around for a long time. It began as an idea of Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a West Virginia homemaker and mother of 15 children. In 1970 she began a campaign to establish a special day to honor grandparents. She attracted the support of businesses, churches, civic groups and political leaders. West Virginia Governor Arch Moore declared the first state-wide celebration of Grandparent’s Day in 1973.

The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.
– Sam Levenson, You Don’t Have to Be in “Who’s Who” to Know What’s What

The same year, West Virginia Senator Jennings Randolph introduced a Grandparent’s Day resolution in the U.S. Senate, which languished in committee. Mrs. McQuade and her many supporters gathered media support for a National Grandparent’s Day and began contacting political representatives in every state as well as national organizations interested in senior causes.

In 1978, five years after Grandparent’s Day was first recognized in West Virginia and eight years after she began her campaign, McQuade succeeded.

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting. – Author Unknown

A federal proclamation was created in 1978, passed by Congress and signed by President Jimmy Carter. The statute cites the day’s purpose: “…to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer”. National Grandparent’s Day was first celebrated on Sunday, September 9, 1979.

Sometimes you can adopt grandparents too. Maybe it’s the old couple who lives down the street that never had kids of their own – you never know. 😉

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