September 10th is a day to celebrate and appreciate the gift of grandparents. On the official Grandparents Day, we honor the role grandparents play in our lives: cheerleaders, historians, storytellers, guides. Grandparents speak love into our lives in a different way than our parents. They have a unique perspective and are part of a generation we aren’t.
Grandparents often can’t wait to see us. There’s the age-old theme that grandparents can spoil their grandchildren and then send them back home to the disciplinarians, their parents. That’s a fun privilege grandparents “earn.”
They’re also incredible storytellers, if we bother to listen. I loved hearing the stories my grandparents would tell of their youth, their loves, and the history that took place during their earlier years. They have rich stories to share. Ask your grandparents what it was like when they were children, teenagers, young adults, and then sit and listen to what they have to say.
On Golden Pond 1981) is a classic film starring legendary actors Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda as Ethel and Norman, an aging couple who summer at their cottage on Golden Pond. Jane Fonda, Henry’s daughter, portrays his adult daughter Chelsea in the award-winning film. As Norman develops memory problems, the story chronicles their struggle about getting older and dealing with their daughter and her new fiance and his son.
Henry Fonda and Hepburn each won the Academy Award for Best Actor and Actress, respectively. The film received Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture, Best Screenplay, and again, Best Actor for Fonda. The movie was the second highest grossing film in the year of its release, and boasted incredible performances. The film was shot on Squam Lake in New Hampshire.
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