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2020 Sep

Honoring Grandparents

Why we need grandparents now more than ever—and they need us, too!

When I was growing up, my grandparents lived far away. We visited my dad’s side of the family at Christmas and in summer, but we hardly got to see my mom’s parents, who lived in Illinois. I always regretted not having a closer relationship with both sets of grandparents, but I’m thankful for the time we did have together.

One summer, I went to stay with my dad’s mom, Grandma Mary, in Rochester, N.Y. I remember playing in her stale-smelling attic with fragile, old dolls and making rhubarb compote in her old-timey kitchen. Grandma also taught me to sew that summer on her ancient sewing machine. It was the first time I had been away from my parents, and I felt so independent and happy to learn new things.

Fast forward and now I’m a grandmother. If you’re a regular reader of Tidewater Family Plus, you know my youngest son, Ross, and his lovely wife, Katie, had a baby boy three years ago. Lincoln is the cutest grandchild in the world (just saying), and we are so lucky to live close by.

If you’re fortunate enough to have living grandparents, be sure and send them some love this month. Grandparents Day is Sept. 13, and it’s the perfect time to reach out and tell them how special they are in your life. If you have little ones, take this opportunity to make a homemade card to mail or deliver in person to their grandparents. If your parents live far away, send flowers or food to let them know you care.

Don’t forget to visit with your or your children’s grandparents via your favorite online chatting platform. While many of us are still staying home as much as possible, keeping in regular contact can help stave off feelings of isolation and loneliness. Talk about favorite memories with your loved ones or tell them a special lesson you learned from them.

In our culture, we need to respect our older folks more. They have so much to teach us, and one day they won’t be around anymore. My grandparents are long gone, and now my parents are gone as well. Take time now to spend time—even if it’s virtual—with your relatives far and near. Because family is the glue that holds us together, and we all need a lifeline now and then.

On another note, we are so happy that our readers and advertisers are embracing our new combined magazine. We love bringing local stories and resources to you in our friendly community magazine. Do me a favor and share this copy with a friend. And don’t forget to tell our advertisers thanks for supporting Tidewater Family Plus.

Thank YOU for being part of the family!

Peggy Sijswerda

Peggy Sijswerda is the editor and publisher of Tidewater Family Plus magazine. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Old Dominion University and is the author of Still Life with Sierra, a travel memoir. Peggy also freelances for a variety of regional, national, and international magazines.

Website: www.peggysijswerda.com

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