Congress passed the legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents‘ Day and, on August 3, 1978, then-President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation.
Today’s grandparents vary in age from 30 to 110 years old, and
grandchildren range from newborns to retirees. The dramatic increases in
long, healthy lives, coupled with the fact that an increasing number of
teens are bearing children, have produced a society in which three
quarters of us can expect to become a grandparent and to remain in that
role for many years, eventually becoming great-grandparents too.
Research shows the grandparent role tends to be more important for the
working class, for the less educated, for those who are older, for those
who are unemployed or retired, for widows, and for those who are not
involved in community affairs. There are no clearly-defined societal
rules or expectations for being a grandparent. Relationships between
grandparents and grandchildren are in many ways optional and
individually specified. This relationship for most families is second in emotional importance, with parents being the most important role of course.
Flowers, plants, snack treats and fruit baskets are wonderful surprises to send to Grandparents near or far. Pugh’s Flowers has a lovely selection of items to make your grandparents feel special.