Sue Morrow: A day to remember some special grandparents
I wonder how many Americans are aware that today is National Grandparents Day. I was fortunate to have been introduced to my mother’s parents right after birth, and they were an important part of my life from then on.
When my naval officer father was on sea duty, it was a given that we would stay with them for the duration. My grandmother was a sweet, immensely knowledgeable and traditional
woman. She never left the house, even just for the grocery store or post office, without hat and white gloves. She was fascinated with history and had spent about two years as a teen with two maiden aunts in England. She once told me how they would sip their pre-dinner toddy out of china teacups.
My grandfather, a passionate horseman and avid hunter and fisherman, was a physician. When we lived with them in a tiny Kansas village, he would let me come to his office after school and be his “office girl.” That entailed straightening his waiting room magazines and accepting a nickel to go across the street to a market and buy us lemon drops. I always loved spending time with him between patients and never failed to notice how caring and kind he was to all who came inside the door.
My grandfather, who much earlier had been an Army doctor, left his practice to become a physician for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and it was during that period we lived with them in Fallon, Grass Valley, Calif., and El Paso, Texas, during my dad’s stints on sea duty.
We three kids cherished our time with them. They were remarkable people who showered us with love and attention as though we were their own children. We learned so much from them.
I was 23 when I lost my grandfather and 31 when my grandmother left this Earth. Their deaths left a big void in my life.
While researching Google, I came across The Quote Garden where I found some comments about grandparents. Among them:
“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” – Alex Haley.
“Never have children, only grandchildren.” – Gore Vidal.
“Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old” – Mary H. Waldrip.
It would be fitting if those who still have their grandparents honor them on their special day with a visit or at least a phone call. They deserve this, and it won’t go unappreciated.
• Sue Morrow is a longtime journalist and member of the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.