This Sunday is National Grandparents Day. For some, this is a day to visit with family and friends and celebrate the lives of those loving grandfathers and grandmothers who guide us, spoil us and, sometimes, even raise us. For others, this day allows us time to reflect on loved ones who have passed—while their bodies are no longer present, their spirit and wisdom lives on. Let’s take a look at some of the grandparents who have made an impact on all of us over the years through books, movies and television.
GRANDPARENTS IN BOOKS
Abraham Portman (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs)—The grandparent-grandchild bond is one of a kind, and, in this case, deeper than what first appears.
Alm-Uncle (Heidi, by Johanna Spyri)—Sometimes, grandparents learn just as much from their grandchildren as they teach them.
Grandma and Grandpa (Just Grandma, Grandpa, and Me, by Mercer Mayer)—Short, sweet and simple, Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter tales beautifully demonstrate a grandparent’s love.
GRANDPARENTS IN MOVIES
Mabel “Madea” Simmons (Tyler Perry’s Madea Series)— Not one for subtlety, Madea’s tough love makes an impact. Plus, who says grandmas can’t have fun?
Grandpa Joe (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)—A nostalgic choice, Grandpa Joe showed Charlie that anything is possible if you just dream. (RIP, Gene Wilder!)
Norman and Ethel Thayer (On Golden Pond)—A perfect example of the growth, wisdom and healing that can be gained from a relationship that spans generations.
GRANDPARENTS ON TV
Thelma “Mama” Harper (Mama’s Family)—A sassy, no-nonsense grandma who is never afraid to “tell it like it is,” but deep down has a soft side.
Abe Simpson (The Simpsons)—The patriarch of the Simpson family, Abe’s cranky, long-winded and a little senile, but he’s still Grampa.
Marie and Frank Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond)—Marie and Frank mean well. They do. They just mean well a little too much.
Who are your favorite grandparents? Other than your own, of course!