GeneaChat: September Celebration ~ Grandparents Day

GeneaChat: September Celebration ~ Grandparents Day

September 10, 2017, is Grandparents Day. A day set aside to celebrate all the Grandma and Grampas who fill our lives with so much love.

I am fortunate to have known both my grandmothers, my paternal grandfather and my maternal step-grandfather. My maternal grandfather died in WWII when my mother was a child.

Memories of Grandmom and Frank, and Mimi and Pop are with me almost every day. Both lived in small towns in South Carolina, and we visited as often as possible. I was brought home from the hospital after my birth to my maternal grandparent's house. My dad was at boot camp, and my mom was staying with her parents. While Dad was in Viet Nam, we lived with them for a year while he served splitting time at holidays and weekends with my father’s parents.

Mimi, my paternal grandmother, could play the piano by ear. She entertained us with her soft-shoe rendition of The Good Ship Lollypop. Her love of cats began when she was barely able to walk.

Pop, my paternal grandfather, was a butcher. He was also a great cook and served in WWII in that capacity. He would let me comb his hair when I was little and part it down the middle like Moe from The Three Stooges. His death when I was 16 was my first experience with losing a loved one.

Grandmom, my maternal grandmother had a very hard life. She lost both her parents when she was a teenager, a husband to WWII, two of her sisters died in early adulthood, and her son passed away from an accident when he was. Going to grandmom’s house was always fun. I think because we lived with her several times in our growing up years, it felt like home to me. We spent weeks at the beach with Grandmom and Frank; they came to visit us in England and Bermuda. Her enjoyment of the English countryside will always bring me smiles. Grandmom passed away in 2009 after a battle with Alsheimer’s Disease. Being at her side as she passed on and reunited with her loved ones was a blessing.

I never knew my maternal grandfather Gilbert Roberts. He died in the battle of Peleliu during WWII. My journey up my family tree has provided many photos, documents and stories about his life. In a small way, I feel I have come to know him.

Frank Sullivan, my step-grandfather, was a fun loving, giving man. He grew up as an orphan and was raised by his maternal grandparents. An only child, he was close to his cousins and their children. Once he married my grandmother, he accepted her children and then my brother and I as his. Frank loved to sing. He rarely got the words right, but he enjoyed himself! He also loved trips to the beach. His feeding of the seagulls is legendary in our family as is the ability to win stuffed animals at the arcade.

Over the years, I have written several posts about my grandparents. This one is about my grandmothers and words of wisdom learned from each of them, Celebrating Women’s History -Words of Wisdom.

My maternal grandmother was a war widow and was the subject of this post, Celebrating Women’s History -Courage and Strength: War Widow.

Did you grandparents take any vacations? Mine went to Florida! Travel Tuesdays ~ A Trip to Florida.

My maternal grandmother remarried. Her second husband was a wonderful grandfather to me. In this post, Friday Funny~Grandmom and Frank, one of my favorite photos of them is featured.

My grandparents and memories of spending time with them are precious to me. Now, the generations have turned, and I am a grandmother. Unbelievable!

So, how will you remember and celebrate your grandparents? Are you lucky enough to still have them in your life or are you like me and only have their memories to cherish?

Are you a grandparent yourself? What plans do you have for your grandchildren?

Grandparentsday can help you get ready for the big day. With ideas on how to celebrate and activity suggestions for honoring our older generation all year round it is a great resource.

You can participate in this month’s GeneaChat by writing a blog post telling us how you will be celebrating Grandparents Day. Share with us your memories of these special people. Add the link to your post in the comment section below. No blog? No problem! Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Remember that your posts and comments will be part of GeneaChat: September Celebration ~ Grandparents Day-Recap on 28 September 2017. Can’t wait to see what y’all are saying about this!

Thanks for GeneaChatting!

Cheri Hudson Passey

About Cheri Hudson Passey

Cheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer and Speaker. She is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC which provides research services as well as instruction and coaching though her Genealogy 1-on-1 classes. Born in South Carolina, Cheri has roots in the state for many generations. Her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy has helped tell the story of these ancestors and her research process. You can contact Cheri by email or by visiting her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy. Cheri Hudson Passey writes the Modus Operandi column for Going In-Depth Magazine.

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