Today’s blog is written by David Arnold, Chairman of Peninsula Care Homes Ltd.
September 11th is Grandparents Day. For my wife and I it is doubly special because our 5th grandson, Jack, was born to our daughter Louise, Managing director of Peninsula Care Homes, on September 10th 2015. I had secretly been hoping that he might have been born on my birthday, September 6th but our only real concern was that our daughter’s baby would be healthy and that Louise would be well. There were a few anxious moments during and after the birth but everything worked out well.
We are very fortunate to have four grandsons born to our son and wife and have loved every minute of seeing them growing up, the eldest is about to become a teenager! Unfortunately they live 250 miles away so we don’t see them as often as we would like. Jack on the other hand lives close to our Exeter Care Home, Parkland House and we have seen him for 1 or 2 days almost every week since he was born.
It is endlessly fascinating to see how a baby progresses in its first year of life – the first signs of recognition, the first smile, the first wave, the first crawl, the first swim underwater and still to come the first words and the first steps. Many people will say that Grandparents Day is just commercial exploitation by greetings card manufacturers but for us it is a reminder of the gift of having all our grandchildren. So, if you are a grandparent then please take a moment to give thanks for the gift of grandchildren. It is a day for you to bring your grandchildren into our care home to see their great grandparent and marvel at the opportunity for 4 generations of your family to be together.