People often confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. Veterans Day is a day to honor all veterans. Memorial Day is to honor those who died in a war. This brought to my mind a grandmother I interviewed a few years ago for an assignment for my master's degree. She was raising her grandson because her daughter (single mother) died in the military. The little boy was only 4 or 5 when his mother died, not really old enough to remember the date. However, every October (the month of his mother's death), he would have more meltdowns and behavior problems. His grandmother not only worried about his troubled behavior but grieved for her daughter. Memorial Day is a sad day for me. A close family friend was killed in Vietnam when I was 15 (still hurts my heart), and I have friends who are parents who lost their children in a war. I know I am being a downer right now but I feel their pain and it is sad. Some grandparents are raising grandchildren due to losing their own children to drugs, others are from losing them to war, or some are raising them for other hurtful reasons. Blessings to all parents and grandparents who have lost children.
Karen Best Wright, B.S., M.A., Health Educator & Wellness Coach
Author of I LOVE YOU FROM THE EDGES: Lessons from Raising Grandchildren
A love story of raising my young granddaughters for several years, letting them capture my heart, my life, and my soul, and then having to give them back – resulting in a painful, yet spiritual journey of love, healing, and reunion.