by Carolyn Nelson
This coming Sunday, September 7, is National Grandparent’s Day. It happens the Sunday following Labor Day each year, so it’s date changes, but more on that in a minute.
September 7th is also National Neither Snow Nor Rain Day. Bet you didn’t know that! The New York Post Office opened on September 7, 1914, and on that building is inscribed the saying “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”. Think that saying is the official creed of the USPS? Not so! They have no official creed or motto, although the above is frequently attributed to them. That building, now known as the James A. Farley Post Office Building, was made famous in the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street.
September 7, 1860 was the birthday of Anna Mary Robertson Moses, aka Grandma Moses. On the celebration of her 100th birthday, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller proclaimed September 7th as National Grandma Moses Day. However, in a 1947 Mother’s Day edition of True Confessions magazine, a feature said “she remained prouder of her preserves than her paintings, and proudest of all her four children, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren”! (Did you even know the magazine did a Mother’s Day feature? I sure didn’t!)
Well, let’s get back to September 7th in 2014. Very few who come to the center for meals, work, volunteering or other functions, are not grandparents, which brings me to my point. How long has it been since you did something special for your grandparent(s)? How long since you’ve called them just to say “I love you”? Many times we become grandparents earlier and usually live longer, so it’s not uncommon to know someone who is either a grandparent or a great-grandparent. And have you ever heard how lonely they can become? Even if they don’t ‘belong to you’ wish someone a happy National Grandparent’s Day. Make someone’s day special and bring a smile to their face!
We have no birthdays until September 20th.
September 4 – Liver & onions, mashed potatoes & gravy, veggie, garden salad, dessert, juice, milk
September 9 – Hot cakes, bacon, eggs, hash browns, cereal, toast, fruit, juice, milk
September 11 – (Patriot’s Day)Roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, corn, garden veggies, dessert, juice, milk
September 16 – Sausage, eggs, hash browns, cereal, toast, fruit, juice, milk
Now, have some acorn squash and salami for you dinner on September 7th, since it’s also National Acorn Squash Day and National Salami Day!