In the US the 8th September this year is Grandparents Day. My initial reaction was to think that Grandparents day sounded like an invention by the card to extract cash from us but apparently instead it was the brainchild of a woman who wanted to ‘champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes’ and ‘persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide’. Apparently it has been celebrated in the States since 1978 on the first Sunday in September.
Tapping in to the wisdom & heritage that grandmothers and the older women in our lives can provide is exactly what Listening to our Grandmothers is about and so given that next weekend I will be launching the book website I thought it would be great to invite you to do something to mark this occasion and Grandparents Day.
The invitation is to leave in the comments below a tribute to your Grandmother. What did you or have you learnt from her? What is it about her that you remember, have been told or would like to share? Why is she so important to you?
It doesn’t matter whether you knew your Grandmother, whether she is alive or died many years ago. I’m interested in collecting our diverse shared experiences of our grandmothers – these could be something you mum told you or something that happened yesterday. If you never knew your grandmother you are also welcome to share something about another older woman who meant a lot to you. Share whatever it is you feel you’d like to contribute.
Your comments will form the first entries on page called ‘Tributes to our Grandmothers’ that I will be setting up on the Listening to Our Grandmothers website next week and the best three will win a signed, first edition, copy of the printed book when it is released on 16th September. If you’d like to be kept update about the launch please sign up for my mailing list by following this link.
You can also post your tribute on the Listening to our Grandmothers Facebook page or post it on your own website and share it on the Facebook Page or tweet it using #LTOG. As long as you share your tributes in one of these ways by Grandparents Day, 8th September, you will be entered in to the competition.
I am so looking forward to reading your tributes.