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September 2011 Newsletter
I am marveling at just how green everything is this summer. We have actually enjoyed several soft and gentle summer rains this season, the last only days ago Ė this has not happened in all the time since 1991 when we moved up here. The fresh pine-tree aroma is just wonderful after a delicate rain. Our temperature up here has ranged between 70 and 80 degrees all through the summer and we have been able to sleep with the window open at night. Heavenly!
Ready for Grandparentís Day on September 11th?
Some interesting facts and statistics about grandparents:
- Glamorous Grandparents: Today's grandparents are not the sweet old bumblers we read about in Agatha Christie novels. The majority are working-age Boomers between the ages of 45 and 65 and they are a growing demographic: In 2010, there were an estimated 65 million grandmothers and grandfathers; by 2020, they predict this number will have grown to 80 million.
- Affluent Grandparents: It is estimated that working grandparents command 46% of all household incomes. If you add in the grandparents who are no longer working, the share of the nationís income rises to 60%. Where are they getting their money? Some have inherited from their parents and some still get generous pensions from the good old days when corporations treated workers as family.
- Grandparents in the Downturn: They have been hit by the recession, especially if they did not invest wisely or give a priority to paying down their mortgage in the good times. Bad economic conditions are harder when you are old. But compare their rising share of the national income to the recorded income of their childrenís generation which has declined from 43% to 36%.
- Helping Grandparents: Households with ages 55 or older spent 7.6 billion on infant foods, child equipment, toys, games & tricycles, a 71% increase since 1999. It is not unusual for grandparents to invite a laid off son or daughter into the home with their children. Grandparents still belong to a generation where it was all about sharing and caring.
- Achieving Grandparents: In March 2009 a 100 year old Canadian swimmer set a new world record in back-stroke. He was able to swim 100 meters in just 3 minutes and 52 seconds. In August in Huntsville a 91 year old grandmother and her granddaughter in the family canoe, won first place in the Fox Lake Regatta.
So did you think you were too old?
Quote for the Month:
Grandparents bestow upon their grandchildren
The strength and wisdom that time
And experience has given them.
Grandchildren bless their Grandparents
With a youthful vitality and innocence
That help them stay young at heart forever.
Together they create a chain of love
Linking the past with the future
The chain may lengthen, but it will never part …
Special Grandparenting Activities
- Grandparents love to tell stories. So, get out the tape recorder or the video cam and have a grandchild be the interviewer. Encourage the grandparents to share family heritage experiences. Example: "Poppa what is your favorite meal?" "I just love … now I remember one time when Nana was making …" and the grand old stories get passed along.
- Tell a shared creative story. You start the story with the characters:
"Once upon a time …" After starting the story you pass it along to the grandparents to continue and weave the magic, who then pass it along to the grandchildren, who create wild and wonderful twists with your story, and then have them pass it back along to you to conclude it. This is a fun activity, also great for traveling.
- Our best suggestion for a Grandparentís Day Gift is Photo-to-Artwork. This is a great way to say thank you for help you have received from grandparents. As you can see above, we now also specialize in collages, so you can put all your grandchildren into one picture.
You can also do a separate picture for each grandchild. This is what one grandma said:
"Just a note to tell you how much I am enjoying my grandsonís portrait. Everybody who comes in comments on it. You do a wonderful job."
We worked on a father/daughter picture from a different era, where the original was all but in tattered pieces and we had to even re-create some of the image. When you restore old pictures and hang them in a home, you create roots, and we think that is important at this time.
Another good idea is Grandparents or Children with a pet in a picture. Pets donít live as long as we and we miss them when they go.
Artist of the Month Ė Lisa Jane
Children and Baby photographer Lisa Jane has captured the magic of childhood through her lens for more then 25 years. She is a Certified Professional Photographer and her pictures are enchanting.
Click here to discover the history of Grandparentís Day. Then you can surprise Nana and Poppa with your learning when you visit with them on their special day!
How you can find us: Call 661 242 1010 or click on www.picturelady.com/schedule.htm. The password is "art" (without the quotes). It will tell where we are going.
Until next month!
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