I started this blog thinking I would have lots to talk about but soon realized that I did not want to share my grandchild’s life with everyone. I want to be sensitive to privacy. So I will try to write about grandmothers and grandchildren in general. It is a different relationship, more distant than mother. I think my grandson thinks of me as a friendly visitor who knows a lot of his favorite songs, but sings them a bit off-key.
‘Grandma’s Favorite’ by Georgios Jakobides (1853–1932)
The image of grandmother has changed. Grandmothers nowadays look younger.
Mèmè with Gavin
Or maybe not. 😉
What is a grandmother like? How would you describe a typical Grandma? This post is inspired by a modern trend of some millennials wanting to be ‘like a grandma’ as reported on Senior Planet .org in their post Grandmas vs. Wannabes. According to their post, it is hip to be like a grandma. They compare the traits of some hipsters with the stereotypes about real grandmas in a cute diagram:
Some other traits they listed are being a homebody and doing crafts.
Let me add some more stereotypes:
- Likes to cook and bake
- Wear dowdy clothes and sensible shoes
- Lives in a shoe ( ok just kidding)
Some of these traits do apply to me but not just because I have become a real grandma. I do like to have a lot of quiet time at home and I like cats but do not have one. I drink more coffee than tea. I don’t like reminiscing about ‘the good old days.’ I don’t knit or do crafts but would like to take an art class, like watercolors, one of these days. I don’t wear stiletto heals,(see my post about my fall due to high heel wedge sandals), but like to wear fashionable shoes and clothes. I don’t like to cook or bake except for making occasional holiday dinners. And even when I make special dinners I don’t do my own baking, I usually order from a bakery. If you are a grandmother and truly enjoy knitting, crafts, cooking, and baking, I am not putting it down. Just saying that we are all individuals and not stereotypes. And I think I am pretty hip in my own way.
How would you describe a grandma? If you are one, how would you describe yourself?
Image of ‘Grandmother’ via Pixabay.com