Although Grandparent’s Day was officially listed on U.S. calendars in the month of September, Brazosport Christian School (BCS) has traditionally prepared a special celebration in their honor during the month of October. Last year, I didn’t really pay much attention to the activities. However, things have changed since Jared became a BCS student. I knew his teacher was busy preparing fun activities and decorations in honor of the grandparents of each of her 18 students.
So, I decided that I needed to attend the event. After all, Jared does not have the good fortune of having his grandparents close by. One set of grandparents live in northern Oregon. We have not been able to visit with them since Luke was six months old (and this was before Grace was born). The other set of grandparents just recently left Guatemala and moved to the central Florida area. Although they are much closer to us than they once were, the trip was not within their means, either.
That left me to be the “eye” of Jared’s grandparents as I recorded the special moments of that day. After dropping Jared off at the usual time, I had enough time to go home and feed Grace her breakfast while Luke worked on his pre-school workbooks. Then we returned to school to attend a special chapel session / breakfast for the grandparents. Each class got an opportunity to sing songs or perform skits to impress their special guests. Luke and Grace sat in a stroller at the edge of the crowd and watched the activities with much enthusiasm while their mommy moved around the gym to record the scenes.
For the final song, grades K-3 through 6th came up on the stage together to sing the BCS theme song of the year, Chris Tomlin’s “Our God is Greater.” As the students filed out of the gym, grandparents were invited to visit the classrooms of their grandchildren. The visits were broken down into two segments so that grandparents could visit multiple classrooms if needed. Stephen took Luke and Grace out to the school playground so that I could go to Jared’s classroom and record the activities taking place there.
Although Jared was one of the few students who didn’t have grandparents present, he seemed quite happy to perform his parts in front of the camera. Both sets of grandparents had mailed in special card to be delivered to Jared on this day. Jared was quite proud of his cards. He had made thank you cards for his grandparents, as well.
They didn’t receive the cards and video until after Thanksgiving, as it took me that long to get the video recordings organized. So, they will be able to enjoy the events of Grandparent’s Day for the rest of the calendar year.