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Thank you
We gather here to celebrate you for all you’ve done
For caring for your granddaughter and your grandson
You took on this awesome task that no one else could do,
Because no one loves and cares for your grandchild quite like you.
You had the courage to start all over again
Raising your grandchildren at an age when
You thought you might retire, travel and rest
But the children needed caregivers, and they needed the best.
Some came to you in pampers and most in tears
Needing nurturing and someone who cares.
Others came as toddlers, exploring the world on the run
You couldn’t believe this happened – after you thought that you were done.
Still others came at school age, when they needed guidance and direction
Science may have you baffled but you are great at giving affection.
And some of you have teenagers, oh my, what can I say.
Just keep reminding yourself that they won’t stay this way.
We know it has not been easy — often quite a heavy load 
And there have been many bumps along the road
You’ve been misunderstood, labeled and denied the services you need
Often criticized and not recognized for your labor or your good deed.
But we are here to honor you who have done so much
To change the lives of children with your special touch
We thank you, grandparents; we thank you once, we thank you twice
And know you are appreciated for the rest of your life.
Thank you, grandparents.

Rolanda T. Pyle is the author of award-winning collection of poetry and prose, Finally. Find out more about Rolanda T. Pyle and her books and publications on her website, RoRo's Rainbow Communications.

The poet has published an affecting memoir of being raised by her own grandmother in her collection of devotionals, Beneath His Everlasting Wings. Read it this May on her website.

It's extremely nice to see such a loving appreciation of these overworked and undervalued elders. Thank you, Rolanda! Thank you, grandparents!

Come back for another day of poetry tomorrow. If you want to be part of 30 Days of Poetry, send your poems to 30daysofpoetry4@gmail.com until May 30th. I look forward to hearing from you!

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