Carl Wesneski wore an appropriate shirt at the Tunkhannock Active Adult Center on Thursday.
Carl and his wife Elizabeth were among those who participated in Grandparents Day at the center, celebrating their grandchildren.
The Lake Carey resident wore a t-shirt with ‘One Cool Grandpa’ emblazoned on the front.
Three of their grandchildren were raised in Iceland.
“My son James married a girl from Iceland named Bara,” Carl explained.
One granddaughter is named Gigjaltlin which is Icelandic for ‘Little Star.’ Another granddaughter is named Mirra, which means ‘Flower.’ Their grandson has the more conventional name of Karl Edward.
All their grandchildren from James and Bara are now in their 20s, and live in different parts of the U.S.
Another grandson, Lawrence Walker, recently graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in International Relations.
“He speaks Hindi and Urdu,” Carl explained. “He’s just been hired by Microsoft to work in India.”
Carl and Elizabeth have also been blessed with a great-granddaughter, Charlotte Grace Wesneski, who is now 18 months old.
“It’s very nice to be with them when they come here. They always love to come and visit,” Carl said about his grandchildren.
Another person who also enjoys regular visits from her grandchildren is Carol Moyer of Tunkhannock. She has three grandchildren who live in the area - Phillip, 19; Adin, 13, and Ryan 12.
“They visit me every week,” she said.
Two other grandchildren - Haley, 17, and Ashley, 15, live in Las Vegas. Although they can’t come around as much, they visit as much as possible.
“They’re my blessings,” said Moyer. “And I love their dearly. They all idolize grandma.”
Charles Wilson of Noxen has two grandchildren - Amethyst and Caroline.
“They’re both in college,” he said.
Amethyst is in her third year at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, majoring in forensic science. Wilson could not recall Caroline’s major, but said she is attending King’s College.
Doris Solanick of Tunkhannock has a grandson, Andrew Solanick, who served as a Marine in the Iraqi War.
“He also served in North Africa,” she said.
Her granddaughter, Jessica Sullivan, lives in Columbus, Ohio, and has given birth to Solanick’s first great-grandchild - Lilly Sullivan, who is now seven years old.
“She’s a good girl,” Solanick explained.