Have you ever attended a Grandparents Day event as a child or adult?
Perhaps on the second Sunday in September, the “official” Grandparent Day?
Or maybe you have been invited to a grandchild’s school?
Our Tulsa, OK, grandchildren, ages 10 and 9, invited us to attend Grandparent Days at their school recently. We were able to combine that visit with another special event at their church, the lighting of the labyrinth lights, with the combined cherub, youth, and adult choirs singing together. Both children sang some of our favorite songs. Here’s a clip from the singing of the South African freedom song, “Siyahamba.” Our grandchildren are standing to the right of the piano.
The Grandparents Day event at Holland Hall began with a program in the auditorium. We were able to join Grandma Nancy, who lives close to our mutual grandchildren. When we got to the auditorium, there were many grey-haired enthusiasts, hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite children on the stage.
From the auditorium, we walked to Owen’s 5th-grade homeroom. He had a checklist of things to show and tell about.
After a thorough exploration of the middle school, we walked with our leader to the primary school.
Julia took over the hosting duties as we explored grade three.
Julia stops to check out a book in one of her favorite places — the library.
Grandparent Day was a great success! And it ended in the best way possible — recess and Thanksgiving vacation! We had lots more adventures in the next three days and got to spend hours talking and playing and listening and observing and cooking and cleaning with these two precious ones — as mindfully as possible.
You might wonder if everyone had a grandparent. The school took care to encourage students whose grandparents weren’t available to invite a “special friend.” Wasn’t that thoughtful? Perhaps they read the book below.
Did you ever host your grandparents for a visit? Have you ever been part of a school or church Grandparent Day? Any stories to tell? If you have young children in your life, would you welcome more videos such as the one above? I always enjoy hearing from you.