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Grandparents Day is Sunday

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By Leslie Moore

Grandparents Day is Sunday. Although it has been an annual tradition since 1979, Grandparents Day is not a day I had ever given much thought to.

Two of my grandparents live in other states, so I only get to see them about once a year, and two have passed on. It wasn't until last year, when my niece, Taylor, came into the world that I finally began to understand the importance of Grandparents Day.

As Aunt Leslie, I have been given an opportunity to watch the special love grow between Taylor and her papaw, Bob. When she was just weeks old, Taylor's papaw took her outside and rocked her to sleep on the porch.

Taylor liked going outside so much that from then on, she let him know it was necessary in order for her to get a good night's sleep. And now that she's a little bigger this summer, she greets Papaw at the door with her shoes already on to let him know it's time to go outside.

From walking on his back when he gets down in the floor to play, to sitting perfectly still as she gets her hair brushed, there is no denying that Taylor loves her papaw.

Now that I have witnessed firsthand the unique bond between a grandparent and grandchild, I realize how wonderful of a role grandparents have in a child's upbringing.

After their own children have grown up and moved out, parents often take on a whole new set of responsibilities when they become grandparents. I have several friends whose grandparents helped pay for their college tuition or first car, and some were even raised by their grandparents. And some grandparents prove invaluable by simply offering their time while parents are at work or need a night out.

It is no accident that forget-me-nots are the official flower of Grandparents Day - grandparents don't need expensive presents or an extravagant display of thanks. They just want us to visit or call to tell them we love them.

Just like with Taylor, our grandparents loved us long before we could return their hugs or say Papaw and Mamaw. So don't forget to thank them for all they do this Sunday.