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Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 8th! Happy Grandparent's Day!

Grandfather-1434575_640Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day every year. So, why celebrate grandparents?

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Marian McQuade, a member of the West Virginia Commission on Aging and the Nursing Home Licensing Board, hoped to establish a day to honor the contributions grandparents and surrogate grandparents make to families everywhere. In 1970 she began a campaign to do so by highlighting the contributions of senior citizens to our country’s wellbeing.  In 1978 President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day. Each year, the president issues a proclamation to keep the tradition going. 

President Carter’s September 6, 1979 proclamation stated in part:  “As we seek to strengthen the enduring values of the family, it is appropriate that we honor our grandparents. Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us. I urge officials of Government at the national, State and local levels and of voluntary organizations, to plan appropriate activities that recognize the importance and worth of the 17 million grandparents in our nation.”

Grandparents Day has grown since then. It now has an official flower, the Forget-Me-Not, and an official song, Johnny Prill’s “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa.” The National Grandparents Day Council chose both.

Other countries, including are Australia, Canada, Germany, Estonia, and Italy, also celebrate Grandparents Day, although not necessarily on the same day as in the United States.  

A spin off-of Grandparents Day is Gorgeous Grandma Day, celebrated on July 23, a day set aside to tell Grandma just how stunning she really is.  

Most grandparents really don’t care how we celebrate their day. It might be a family gathering, a dinner, a phone call or a card. The important thing is that we let grandparents know how much we appreciate the joy and wisdom they bring to our lives.

On Grandparents Day, it really is the thought that counts – just make sure your grandparents know that you are thinking of them. So, tell grandparents how much you appreciate them. You really don’t have to wait until September to do it, though. Give them a call today! And while you’re at it, you really should make a point to tell Grandma she is stunning every day!

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Daffodils 🌼

Daffodil-3349706_640Ever wonder how and why beautiful daffodils grow in the wild, especially near ponds, brooks and springs?

Well, look no further than Greek mythology.

Daffodils belong to the genus known as Narcissus, which are predominantly spring perennial plants of the Amaryllidaceae family. Members of the genus are are the daffodil, daffadowndilly, narcissus, and jonquil.

Here is the myth of Narcissus, after whom these beautiful flowers are named:

Narcissus was a Greek hunter who loved beauty. He had a twin sister whom he loved more than anyone else in the world. This sister died when she was young and very beautiful. Narcissus missed her so very much that he wished he might die too.

One day, as he sat on the ground by a spring, looking absently into the water and thinking of his lost sister, he saw a face like hers looking up at him. It seemed as if his sister had become a water-nymph and was actually there in the spring, but she would not speak to him.

Of course the face Narcissus saw was really the reflection of his own face in the water, but he did not realize that. In those days there were no clear mirrors like today’s; and that a person could see his appearance in, for instance, a polished brass shield was a foreign concept. So Narcissus leaned over the water and looked at the beautiful face so like his sister’s, and wondered what it was and whether he would ever see his sister again.

After this, he came back to the spring day after day and looked at the face he saw there, and mourned for his sister. At last, the gods felt sorry for him and changed him into a flower and let him grow at the water’s edge.

This flower was the first narcissus or daffodil. All the flowers of this family, when they grow by the side of a pond or a stream, still bend their beautiful heads and look at the reflection of their own faces in the water.

So, there you have it. That’s why daffodils grow so beautifully in the wild.

Thank you Narcissus for giving us beautiful landscapes of nearby ponds, lakes and streams.