By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 at 11:08 am in Grandparenting.
The “grandboomer” generation loves being grandparents but some of them are chafing at the name that traditionally goes with the role. “Grandma,” says Bay Area author Adair Lara, conjures up images of “dentures in a glass.” In this morning’s Times and Trib, we talked with Lara and other folks about being 21st century grandparents. Very fun discussion — and now we’re eager to hear your take on Grandma 2.0. And here, to start you off, are comments from a couple of readers:
Wow! Your article sure hit the nail on the head. My wife and I did not want to be grandma and grandpa and conspired to come up with alternate names. Then the little guy was born and my wife, Fran , decided she could care less what he called her. Gulp, I started to sweat. Well, he couldn’t pronounce grandma and kept getting stuck, but eventually it morphed into Gagee (long a and e, sort of like Foggy.)
Luckily, he called me Papa from the beginning. Now with 4 grandkids while still under 60, we feel blessed. Event though they like to tease and call me Poppi, they never mess with Gagee. On a final note, when playing with their friends at our daughter’s house, one of their friends asked “What’s a Gagee?”
— Bob and Fran Cummings
I really enjoyed your piece on Adair Lara and her fears of aging. Actually, I read it out loud to my husband who got a chuckle out of it… Live life to the fullest and forget everything else– be the best you can be and remember, 100 years ago, our life span averaged around 45 years and few people reached the age where they even became grandparents…Those who now say that “60 is the new 40,” etc. C’mon! Is that Shereshewsky guy for real? Sixty is 60! It is not the new middle age because no one has lived to 120! And, judging what the oldest person alive looked like at 114, I doubt anyone would want to…
What is interesting is that in the Slavic countries, a woman who is a grandmother (even if she is in her 40’s or 50’s) simply RELISHES being called “grandmother” and is very puzzled by why American women fear being called by what they have become thanks to their offspring giving birth to a new generation.
— Tina Milburn
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