BY BARRY WARNER
The first Sunday after Labor Day was designated as National Grandparents’ Day in 1978 when President Jimmy Carter signed an official proclamation.
The special day had the following purposes: to honor grandparents everywhere; to give grandparents the opportunity to show love for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren and to help children become aware of the strength and guidance that senior people can offer to them.
Locally, on Sunday September 7, 2014, many families gathered to celebrate Grandparents Day at Esplanade Chestnut Ridge Assisted Living and enjoyed music, food, candy and ice cream. Director Gail Spencer said, “The grandparents living at our facility are much more active today as they Skype, play computer games, volunteer, operate the store and participate on the resident council”.
In particular, one four-generation family enjoyed the opportunity to be together on the beautiful sunny day. Great-grandparent Marion Reitberg said, “My family is here and that is the most wonderful thing.”
Daughter Nanette Greenberg noted, “It was wonderful to see all the families together today,” while granddaughter Lisa Bankos said, “I love spending time with grandma. I have a special relationship with her and having her with us is special.” Great-grandson Connor Bankos added, “Great- grandma is a big part of our family and she is very important to us.”
Grandparents provide a sense of family continuity and history plus add a special touch to the healthy development of their grandchildren.