Sunday, September 7, 2014
While checking the calendar last week, I noticed that today, the second Sunday in September, is national Grandparents' Day. I had no idea that we had an official day designated in their honour. As someone who loves celebrations, I wonder how I missed this since it's been around for almost twenty years. I also noticed that this year, the holiday would fall on the 7th of the month, coinciding with my monthly Boal Memorial visit. Connecting the two threads, my thoughts turned from celebrating, to perhaps marking the occasion slightly differently - it would be a fitting day to take my mother-in-law along to visit the setting of Michael's remains, as she had once expressed an interest, but never been. That thought led me to once again consider the trials of a grieving grandparent. In addition to having to process the pain of losing a grandchild, there is the added difficulty of bearing witness to their child's pain of grieving the death of their child. For the most part, the grandparent's experience is endured with very little support. So for me, this Grandparents' Day will embrace honouring the challenges as well as experiencing the joys of being a grandparent, because "coincidentally", it turns out that I will be spending time with my two little blessings this evening.