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Happy Grandparents’ Day!

Whether you are a grandparent or a great grandparent – or a great uncle or aunt – this is your day!

It’s your day to be remembered.

It’s your day to think about how you want to be remembered in the future.

Today, families tend to be smaller and more spread out. Grandkids don’t usually spend the summer with their grandparents on the family farm. I remember my great aunt telling me about her great aunts and uncles. Those stories, being taught how to embroider and how to braid a rag rug while my great uncle taught my brother how to run a fishing line, mean that I will have my extended family with me forever.

What about making a video showing where you grew up, where you worked, where you go to church?

What about writing favorite family stories in a special notebook? My mother never tired of telling of her high school romance with my father. Grandpa had a gun over the fireplace but he welcomed her beau, mistaking him for her brother’s friend. You may even surprise your grandchildren with stories about when their parents (yes! their parents) were little.

And remember – unlike adults, kids like being told a story over and over and over.

Of course, you may get questions like, “What videogames did you play when you were a boy?”

That only shows how much more you have to share.


Elder law attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is an Approved Guardianship Attorney. She assists people in elder law, estate and special needs planning, guardianship and settling estates. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.

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