Tuesday, October 14, 2014

But I'm Too Young!

Over a decade ago, when my daughter told us she and her husband were expecting their first child I moaned, "But I’m too young to be a grandma!” I was only forty six. Weren’t my own grandparents ancient all my life? I hated the thought of little people calling me—a still-vibrant lady—a  name associated with fumbling, forgetfulness, and false teeth.

“That baby can call me Nana, Mimi, or Boo-Boo, but she’s not calling me Grandma!” I insisted. My resolve lasted an entire two days.

Once I warmed to the idea of having a wee one to cuddle and spoil, I decided that being a grandma wasn’t bad. I told everyone within a ten-mile radius that I was going to have a grandbaby.

Now we have three darling miniature people, and when they say, “Grandma” it’s like a favorite song being sung just for me. All the implications of that word have changed, now that I have the role of loving and mentoring these little angels.

Have you ever changed your mind about a word or a role? What changed it for you?



  1. I felt the same way when my daughter told me she was having a child. Her mother-in-law had already scooped up Emma as her name so I was Grandma. Now, I love it too!

  2. I too, was 46 when I became a grandma! My mom used to tell me that it's the best thing ever. She was right. :)

  3. One of my best friends became grandma when she was 38. She loves that one and the four others she has. Now those four of those five have children of their own. They all love Gran, that's what the oldest one calls her.

    My Sunday school teacher used to say if he knew being a grandparent was so much fun they'd had them first. (He has a strange but wonderful sense of humor.) We don't have any.

  4. Haha, I can see why you changed your mind... great family picture! I have changed my mind about using my husbands last name (which I never did before, simply because no one can pronounce it outside of Holland)... I use both names now. i'm good with it :)

  5. I can't wait to be a grandma! And my views of teaching certainly changed once I became a teacher~

  6. Hi Jeanette! I hope you had a great visit with the grands! Thank you for sharing the family photo, I love to see them.
    I love being a Nana. My mom was a 'nana' and her mom before that. It's a great tradition. I can't think of any title I didn't want, or rejected. Hmmm. Food for thought for sure!


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