October 1st has been designated National Grandparents Day.

Do we need a day specifically for grandparents,  or is it just another money making exercise?

Of course if you are estranged from your grandchildren, I suspect it is just another painful reminder of what is lost to us.

It is just the same when Mother’s Day and Father’s Day comes around, a day to say thank you or a day to weep for that precious person we no longer see.

I am going to try and go down the positive route.

Being a grandparent is a magical, wonderful thing, quite different from being a parent, we have all done that and worn the T.Shirt.

As a grandparent it allows us to impart our experiences and hopefully a little wisdom to those who are at the beginning of the excitement, that is life.

Some of us may have been able to enjoy only a few months or years with this unique relationship, but how lucky we were to have just had even a  short time.

However long we may have been apart, we are still grandparents, we still have that connection our blood still flows around our grandchildren’s veins. They are and always will be part of our family.

I have no doubt that many grandchildren will be thinking about us this Sunday, they will be looking at the same sky, walking on the same earth as we are and breathing in the same air as we will.

They may not be with us in a physical sense, but they will be in our hearts and we will be in theirs.

So to all of you, you deserve to have a day just for you,go and do something especially for you, remember those wonderful memories, shed a tear or two, but never forget you are still Grandma or Grandad.

Here is a poem I wrote a few years ago.

For my grandchildren : How much do I love you?

How long will I love you?

As long as tide keeps turning,

As long as the stars are shining,

As long as the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening,

Until the birds stop singing and awaking the dawn.

My love for my grandchildren is unending,

I love you as deep as the ocean,

As long as my heart is beating,

As long as the wind is blowing, and the seasons changing.

Until the earth stops turning,

As long as sunflowers turn to face the sun,

As long as children can dance,

I will love those of you who are near and one who is distant.

Always I will be here for you,

I will love you until my final breath.

Jane Jackson

©Sept 2013.

Jane.