2009-09-25 / Letters

Don't Forget Grandparent's Day

Dear Editor,

Wow, I almost let Grandparents Day slip by me this year. It's that we are so used to not getting recognition. They don't make such a big deal about us or the day; we even forget what day it is! Well this year Grandparents Day is September 13 and once again I like to give thanks to all those beautiful grandparents, especially those who give up their golden years to raise children all over again.

I just became a grandparent for the second time on September 3, 2009. My daughter gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. She wasn't due until November, but her blood pressure rose and she had to have an emergency Csection The baby weighed 2 lbs and 5 oz.

This is what made me realize that grandparents don't matter anymore. My daughter gave me the phone number and the code to check on my grandchild when I wanted to. So I called, I stated my reason for calling, and gave the code number. But the nurse told me she couldn't give me that information, only the mother or father. I explained that I was the grandmother, that I lived in New York and they lived in Alabama, and that I had the code. But she said it was the rule, only the mother or father can get information and they shouldn't have given me the code.

I was hurt and angry and I realized then that grandparents really don't have any legal rights. But when the chips are down with the parents and they need help it's the "grandparents," that have no legal rights, who step in.

"Happy Grandparents Day!" I hope one day we will get the recognition we deserve.

CYNTHIA SMALLS-WILLIAMS

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