|picture shared from Zen to Zany facebook page|
Anita Opper, the owner of the page is the person in the photo and she was a new grandmother at the time it was taken. I loved how fresh and vibrant she looks, how un-grandmotherly looking she is, how downright cool she is. I was extremely flattered that my friend could see something of me in what this picture and quote were saying.......basically we are NOT our mothers or grandmothers - we are re-defining this whole stage of life and I think we are rocking it!
I've mentioned previously (here) that I'm going to be a grandmother for the first time in April - it's very exciting to think a new little human being is coming into our family for us to love and spoil. I can't wait to meet her (yes she's a little girl) and I'm even stepping out of my comfort zone and throwing a pink party/afternoon tea for them when they come to visit at Easter - my alternative to a traditional baby shower.
Below is a picture of my grandmother taken when I was a baby. She is probably 5-10 years younger than I am (my parents were very young when they had me) and she's dressed quite stylishly for the occasion. Despite that, she still seems older than I feel - is that because I'm living in cloud cuckoo land or is it that we are indeed younger now in our outlook and appearance than women were 50 years ago?
|My nana - with her first grandchild - me!|
There is so much more to our lives now than she had in her day. My nana stopped work when she married and was a housewife, a mother and a grandmother. She never had a drivers licence or a car of her own, she caught the bus to town once a week and my grandfather drove her to the shops. She never aspired to more and seemed happy with her fairly small world. It's SO different now, my friends and I are becoming grandmothers and that is just a small part of our diverse lives.
We are in our 50's and changing jobs, learning new skills, travelling, blogging, playing sport, running (well some of us are...), savouring the empty nest, rediscovering our husbands, meeting new people and enjoying our friendships. A grandbaby adds another element to all of this, but it's not the sole focus of who we are. No, we are women in our own right - independent, sassy, ready with an answer to any question, and doing our utmost to make the most out of this season of life.
We are the new generation of Nanas, Grandmas, Omas, Mimis, or whatever we choose to be called - what a blessing to have so much to offer those grandchildren of ours when they join our extended family.