Thanks to the website Joyeuse Fêtes I realized that today is "La Fête des Grand-mères" in France. This is primarily a commercial holiday created in the late 80's and celebrated on the first Sunday in March. Apparently in 1987 there was a shortage of the Grand'Mère brand of coffee and voila! A fète was created. Hey it sure beats a strike!
We still have six months to go to National Grandparents' Day in September. Here in the US the holiday got its start in West Virginia thanks to Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade. It took most of the 70s but finally in '78 Congress passed legislation and President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation. The first Sunday after Labor Day was chosen to signify the "autumn years" of life. Today we'll be thinking of our grandmothers--Adela, Hortensia, Sarita, Granny (Mary L) and Nana (Mary M).