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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

GRANDMOTHERS - Then and Now


I was just flipping through an old magazine and came upon an article I'd missed before. It's entitled Who You Callin' Grandma? Want me to baby-sit? Make an appointment." The author refers to a Fisher-Price toy, one of those early-learning ones where the child pulls a string and a voice says the name of the thing in the picture. Grandma is depicted as a dumpling with short curly grey hair, an apron, and spectacles. Well, grandmothers have certainly come a long way from that image. We're now employed full or part-time, driving sports cars, traveling on frequent-flier miles, and wearing iPods, stilettos, and leather jackets. When our daughters call to ask if we can babysit, we need to check our day calendars to see if we're free. Even if we're already retired (usually early after many years in a career) we're busy writing that long-awaited novel, planning our next holiday abroad, or running in a marathon. Many of us are also dating again! Much as we love our grandchildren, we probably won't have the same sort of relationship that we had with our own grandmothers. We aren't going to be available every weekend to take the kids to the park or a movie or teach them how to bake cookies. So we see the grandchildren when we can and develop a new kind of relationship. We take them to rock concerts, the Planetarium or Science World, the opera, or on a camping trip. Hopefully, this new generation will have an image of their Grandmothers, Nanas, Omas, Grannys, Grammas, or G-Moms as "hip" movers and shakers rather than knitting in a rocking chair while awaiting the timer on the oven. Your thoughts?

6 comments:

Josie said...

Omigosh, I LOVE it. My munchkins think I'm really cool. We put on music and dance. They're both really good little dancers too. Katherine and I paint our toenails together. And we have long conversations about politics, religion, science. Freddie is a Buddhist so we went to a Buddhist temple recently. And we go to very hip restaurants. We were in a restaurant recently where a fellow at a table nearby was yakking on and on in a very loud voice. He was annoying everyone. I accidentally said under my breath, "Oh, just shut the f--- up." It just slipped out. Only the munchkins could read my lips, and they laughed all day. I was so embarrassed. Oh well, no grandma here.

They know, too, that I have my own life, private from theirs. My "big kid" life.

What a great post.

Josie

HeiressChild said...

leslie, i love it! and don't forget grandmothers who've gone back to school. at the rate i'm going, my oldest granddaughter might be setting me up on a blind date. now, that would really be something, although when my daughter was in elementary school, she and a few of her girlfriends tried to set me up with her math teacher. we didn't like each other that way though. *lol*

love the shoe in the post. my heels aren't that high now, but i still wear a little heel. definitely different from my grandmother's shoe.

glad you had a great early birthday luncheon with your friends. i know you and josie will have a great time on friday. i hope you see at least one star also.

Neva said...

Hi Leslie

Tante grazie.

Impariamo l'italiano!

Sii sportivo!

D'accordo!

leslie said...

LOL Neva! uno due tre quattro cinque sei sette otto nove dieci!!! Vino! Grazie! Dove la toiletta?
Getting excited yet? I am!

Neva said...

Ho bisogno di un interprete.

(I guess this is an example of how a little knowledge can be dangerous yes?)

Are you aware that Il Divo is touring in concert with Barbra Streisand (sp)--Tickets at MCI center about $2000 per seat anywhere near the stage!

Tante cose!

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