Grandparents’ Invisible Work

ist2_2897117_scribbles_grandparentsDuring a recent family vacation, the grandparents were busy as usual. They were working in the background, so their labor was mostly invisible. But their efforts made for a successful trip. Without them, I’m not sure what we (adults and kids) would have done.

*The rental kitchen was stocked with foods we all like (including the picky grandkids).

*Kids had library books to read, piles of them.

*Local restaurant menus were available on the counter. (Who do you imagine picked them up?)

*The youngest kiddos had playmates and general supervision at all times, even while slumbering.

*And believe it or not, the grandparents had even more to give – including compliments, hugs, and intelligent commentary at all times – even when you knew they must be exhausted.

Try to thank them for their efforts, and they’ll likely turn it back on you, saying they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. But this is my attempt to value that work – the work they do on a regular basis for us, their kids.

Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 8th. So let’s honor the fact that:

According to the Census Bureau, growing numbers of children in the United States are living with a grandparent. In 2010, about one in 14 U.S. children (7 percent) lived in a household headed by a grandparent—for a total of 5.4 million children, up from 4.7 million in 2005.

Whether they live with grandchildren or not, grandparents are more involved in their grandchildren’s lives than ever before, whether they live close or far.

Let’s take time to acknowledge the important impact these inter-generational relationships can have.

Thanks to you, grandparents!



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4 Responses to “Grandparents’ Invisible Work”

  1. 1 Sarah Rosensweet September 6, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Dear Meika, What a beautiful piece. I love reading your articles! I hope all is well with you and you are feeling great. L’shana tova U’metuka Sarah

    Sent from my iPad

  2. 3 Sandra Alinger September 7, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Your writing always blows me away. It’s a gift and an exquisitely honed skill that I covet. But this time your writing brought tears to our eyes. We are so fortunate to have this time with your family when we truly feel a part of your lives. After decades of just being a little nucleus of four, then down to two, this is as good as it gets. Our friends warned us that this would be a labor of love with little in return. They were wrong. Both you and Matt (and Levi!) are so good about expressing your appreciation – the time we share with Levi and her parents is priceless! Love from heart…and thank you. Sandra

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