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The Grandma Club

There’s a special club I’ve been longing to join and it’s the one exclusively reserved for women of a certain age. Despite the occasional aching back, pronounced underarm jiggle, and invisibility factor many of us bemoan, there’s no doubt about it—age does have its privileges.

As a generation of outspoken women we’ve taken on the establishment many times over the years. Boomers battled the big guys and altered the social landscape in the political and private sectors, the military, and most certainly in the home front. In our drive for “power to the people” and a more equitable distribution of influence and wealth, we’ve often been viewed as counter-culture revolutionaries who were anti-establishment all the way.

But, if there were ever an institution we can all get behind, it’s the institution of grandmahood. In spite of this, as with every other social norm, we’re redefining the traditional role and making the art of becoming a grandmother uniquely our own. Some boomer grannies are living with and rearing their grandchildren, others are Skyping them. However far the physical distance, the emotional one is as close as a hug—even if that hug is a virtual one.

A few days ago I got to join this celebrated club. And although my membership is brand new, I have the undeniable tug at my heart that tells me it’s going to be one of the greatest delights of my life. Yes, age does have its privileges and grandmahood might just be the best of them all!

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    I have five and love them all, different personalities to boot:) You’re going to be filled with so much “grandma” love that you won’t be able to contain yourself!


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    Oh sooo excited for you Nanna
    Hey, think about buying a 2010 coin set from the USMint.gov site. Will make a wonderful keepsake for the baby. By the time college rolls around will be UP in value

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    Beverly Mahone:

    Congratulations! I must have missed that news on the BDN site. Personally, I like to call it The Nurturers Club. I guess it’s because I’m one of those grandmothers who has a direct influence on how my grandson is being raised since I share primary caregiver duties. I am, in part, responsible for his nurturing so if he turns out good or bad–some of it will fall back on me. euBeing

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    The Happypreneur:

    WootWoot!!! Congrats, that’s wonderful! I have been a WAHG (work at home grandma ;^) for 3 1/2 yrs now and there’s nothing like it! My little guy sleeps at Gaw’s house 5 nights a week and stays til lunch time because mommy leaves for work so early. We have a ball. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. When you’re a mom, you think nothing can top that, but being a grandma is even better!


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    Jo-Anne L:

    What spectacular news, Eileen! I’ve just joined the Grandma Club myself – and you’re absolutely right! It’s one of the greatest delights in life! Friends, family, a warm summer evening, and a grandchild snuggling up close – life is good! Again, hearty congrats!

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    Gregory Anne Cox:

    Hey congratulations Eileen! It sounds like you are very excited. Boy or girl? Pictures please. This is probably a prescription for staying in touch, in tune, vibrant, hip, wise etc. So much to share with the wee one right?
    Oh, and Happy Independence day!

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    Bucksome Boomer:

    Congratulations, Grandma! It is the most wonderful club in the world. My grandson turns 1 today and my husband and I are amazed at much joy he brings us.

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    Mary Cunningham:

    So happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Many hugs and congratulations!! So, we want details!




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