I’m the first to admit that I had no idea that Grandparents Day existed (2nd October this year) but thinking about it, it makes a lot of sense. Mothers Day and Fathers Day celebrate parents and their help in bringing up and caring for their children but for most people grandparents play as much of a part in a child’s upbringing as parents do.
When I was a kid my parents couldn’t afford to have my mum off work for too much longer after her maternity ran out because even back 26 years’ ago it was expensive to bring up a child and they needed the income from both my parents. Childcare is incredibly expensive and so with my nan only working part time she helped to look after me (and then my brother 16 months later) as it allowed my mum to go back to work part time.
My Grandparents on my mothers’ side played a huge part in my childhood and would regularly look after either me or my brother to allow my parents one on one time with the other child (this was probably because I was attention seeking and wouldn’t give my brother a look in *oops*). A lot of the memories I have from my childhood stem around my grandparent’s amazing house in Kenton where I’d play out in the garden or play dress up with the massive drawer of scarves my nan kept in the passageway. And special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas’s, anniversaries, the cat’s birthday (literally everything) were celebrated with my grandparents and they were always just part of the family. If we had a family meal or a holiday it was a given that they were invited.
Sadly when I was 8 my grandpa passed away and my nan became even closer to myself and my brother eventually moving from Kenton to be closer to my mum and us grandkids. The idea of Grandparents day is such a special one as it allows people like me to thank those grandparents who helped shape our futures and show them how much we care. This year I am definitely going to be celebrating and making sure my nan knows how much I appreciate everything she has done for me both when I was a kid and now as an adult. There are so many options of what I could do for her, perhaps book a spa trip, treat her to some comfy loungewear from Chums or take her out for a meal.
Did your grandparents help shape your life?