I am a huge fan of grandparents. I really love celebrating Grandparents Day. I do NOT, however, appreciate schools celebrating Grandparents Day by inviting everyone’s grandparents to come for some function or another.
- They are invariably disorganized.
- There are always a fair number of kids whose grandparents are dead or live too far away to come.
My kids are blessed that they have a grandmother who comes to these things but I have each year encountered the kids who don’t, who are stashed in a back room looking forlorn and left out. It tugs at my heart.
This year my kids were supposed to write letters and make artwork for their grandparents. Earlier this year their PawPaw died. My son’s letter read like this:
Dear grandfather, I wish I could still speak with you. Even if I will not see you, I will always keep you in my heart.
He gave it to his Granny instead.
It was good on some level, helping the kids work through their grief but I sure do wish the exchange could have been done privately instead of in front of the whole assembly, putting their grief and their grandmother’s grief on display.
And that is all my butt has time for today!