How come you don't work fourteen hours a day? Your great-great-grandparents did. How come you only work the eight-hour day? Four guys got hanged fighting for the eight-hour day for you.— Studs Terkel
Tempting Grandparents Day quotations
Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a few things twice.
Grandchildren: the only people who can get more out of you than the IRS.
An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again.
Anything longer than that, and you start to age quickly.
One day, you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the thing you've always wanted. Do it now.
My grandchild has taught me what true love means.
It means watching Scooby-Doo cartoons while the basketball game is on another channel.
On the seventh day God rested. His grandchildren must have been out of town.
What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars' worth of pleasure.
I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.
Does Grandpa love to baby-sit his grandchildren? Are you kidding? By day he is too busy taking hormone shots at the doctor's or chip shots on the golf course. At night he and Grandma are too busy doing the cha-cha.
My grandkids believe I'm the oldest thing in the world.
And after two or three hours with them, I believe it, too.
What is it about grandparents that is so lovely? I'd like to say that grandparents are God's gifts to children.
A little progress each day adds up to bg results.
I like to do nice things for my grandchildren - like buy them those toys I've always wanted to play with.
I learned a history not then written in books but one passed from generation to generation on the steps of moonlit porches and beside dying fires in one-room houses, a history of great-grandparents and of slavery and of the days following slavery; of those who lived still not free, yet who would not let their spirits be enslaved.
Grandparents are there to help the child get into mischief they haven't thought of yet.
There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.
I was born in love with music. My mother is a singer, many of my aunts and uncles on my mother's side are musical, my grandparents sang and played blues piano. It's literally in my blood. My mother wrote an original song to teach me the days of the week.
The presence of a grandparent confirms that parents were, indeed, little once, too, and that people who are little can grow to be big, can become parents, and one day even have grandchildren of their own. So often we think of grandparents as belonging to the past; but in this important way, grandparents, for young children, belong to the future.
Some of the world's best educators are grandparents.
Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.
Grandchildren don't stay young forever, which is good because Pop-pops have only so many horsey rides in them.
Two things I dislike about my granddaughter - when she won't take her afternoon nap, and when she won't let me take mine.
I wish I had the energy that my grandchildren have - if only for self-defense.
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
You don't have to be in "Who's Who" to know what's what.
I didn't anticipate the primal quality of my pleasure, the raw physicality of it, the way my whole body leaps forward when I see my grandsons after a few days' absence.
It's funny what happens when you become a grandparent.
You start to act all goofy and do things you never thought you'd do. It's terrific.
Look for something positive in every day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.
To become a grandparent is to enjoy one of the few pleasures in life for which the consequences have already been paid.
Look, how they scold me for all my loving and tippling, now that the silvery edges shine forth from my brow!
It's one of nature's way that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us.
There are seven days in the week and someday isn't one of them.
"You're more trouble than the children are" is the greatest compliment a grandparent can receive.
I always give my grandkids a couple of quarters when they go home. It's a bargain.
Leaders inspire us because they bring out the best in us.
Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.
Each one of us can do a good deed, every day and everywhere.
In hospitals in desperate need of volunteers, in homes for the elderly where our parents and grandparents are longing for a smile, a listening ear, in the street, in our workplaces and especially at home.
My grandmother always used to say, "If you know your past and you know where you have to go, why do you rehearse?" I always remember this and it's true. You have to start each day again-you can't repeat what you did.
Didn't we, like our grandchildren, begin with a childhood we thought would never end? Now, all of a sudden, I'm older than my parents were when I thought they were old.
You will never have this day again, so make it count.
If you're lucky enough to still have grandparents, visit them, cherish them and celebrate them while you can.
We have no idea, now, of who or what the inhabitants of our future might be.
In that sense, we have no future. Not in the sense that our grandparents had a future, or thought they did. Fully imagined cultural futures were the luxury of another day, one in which 'now' was of some greater duration. For us, of course, things can change so abruptly, so violently, so profoundly, that futures like our grandparents' have insufficient 'now' to stand on. We have no future because our present is too volatile. ... We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment's scenarios. Pattern recognition
I did stand-up for my grandparents every day when I was, like, eight.
In our grandparents' generation news of an earthquake in Nepal would reach around the world some days later. In our parents' day the nightly news communicated the catastrophe. Now it's a matter of minutes. We've barely processed one crisis, and then we hear of another.
I actually wanted to be a jazz musician first.
My grandparents introduced me to Louis Armstrong. I loved Louis Armstrong so I took up the trumpet and just did that every day and practiced that.