Do you have some great Grandparents? I did. Although my Grandparents have all passed away, I am still thankful for them daily! Grandparents can have such a great influence on their grandchildren, especially if the Grandparents have a vibrant relationship with Christ.
If your Grandparents, or your children's Grandparents don't know Jesus, they can still be great role models for their grandchildren of values like perseverance and self control. Often, because the Grandparent isn't around the children 24/7 their words of wisdom about life choices, work ethic, responsibility or self-control have a great impact upon the child.
If you still have your Grandparents, call them, or better yet, go see them and give them a hug! Tell them how thankful you are for their presence in your life! If your relationship with them has not been the best, NOW is the time to try and make amends. Regardless of whose 'fault' it was for the argument, you can choose to make the situation right again. Treasure the time you have with your Grandparents, for one day, it will be gone.
I am so thankful that My Grandma got to meet and hold her Grandaughters. We still tell stories about Great Grandma Lucile, and the girls remember times spent with their Great-Grandparents on Kurt's side of the family.
Not every 'Grandpparent' figure in our lives needs to actually be directly related to us! Sometimes a Great-Aunt or family friend takes the role of Grandparent in a child's life. I had many Great-Aunts and Great-Uncles who influenced me for good just as much as my own Grandparents did.
Today, I am thankful for Grandparents, both mine, Kurt's, and the ones our girls have! Grandparents have a special place in our lives. Don't wait for a special occasion to tell them how thankful you are for them!