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What Is Your Fondest Memory Of A Grandparent?

The first Sunday after Labor Day is recognized as National Grandparent Day.  The month of September was picked to signify the autumn years of life.

We thought you would find these statistics interesting –

Did You Know –

There are 70 million grandparents in the U.S.

The average age of a first-time grandparent is 50.

75% of grandparents are active online – and 65% are on Facebook and 56% share photos online.

72% think being a grandparent is the single most important role in their life.

Grandparents represent one-third of the population with 1.7 million new grandparents added to the

   ranks every year.

90% enjoy talking about their grandkids to just about everyone.

60% still have a full-time or part-time job.


What Is Your Fondest Memory Of A Grandparent?

ELI – 13 years of age & Can’t Grow Up Fast Enough

My fondest memory is going horseback riding with Grampa Don Rich in Glacier National Park. It was special because he is still able to ride horses and what a better place to do it than Glacier National Park.


HENRY – 10 years of age & Growing Older By The Minute

Mine is going on the Polar Express train ride to the North Pole from Mt. Rainer and also going to the fantastic Christmas light show in T-Mobile Park with Grandma Leslie and Grampa Don. Having a great time with my grandparents and cousin Carter.


CARTER – 9 years of age & Wise Beyond His Years

Best Memory – going on cool road trips to all the awesome places I go with my cousins Eli and Henry and Grandma Leslie and Grampa Don Rich.


DON – Doesn’t look a day over old enough

My fondest memory would be between riding with my Grampa Dailey on his green John Deere tractor and then letting me drive it by myself around the field. I felt so grown up at the tender age of 10 years old. My grandmother Golda Rich always had a tin of cookies in the lower cupboard that I could reach by myself as we were always welcome to help ourselves to eat and enjoy her tasty homemade cookies.


LESLIE – Aging well enough

I was very, very close to my Grandma Leland. She was like a second mother to me and we shared a special bond. I had my first sewing lesson from her on a treadle sewing machine, first learned how to cook from her, she shared her wealth of gardening knowledge with me, drove for the first time in her Buick, and gave me a deep appreciation for unbridled LOVE.




CORY – Oldest son of Don & Leslie & Growing Wiser Each Day

Going hunting with Grampa Ollie Smail in Central Montana. He taught me how to hunt, taught me respect for the land and the value of being with family. We made many memories that I still hold dear to my heart to this day. He shared with me his wisdom of all things outdoors.


ERIC -  Youngest son of Don & Leslie & Tall Enough To Pick An Apple Tree

Spending a week in the summer each year with my grandmother/Audrey Smail and grandfather/Ollie Smail in Central Montana. I loved just being around the livestock and their garden and learning from them the good gentle wisdom that they shared with me.