The mothers of my generation and those who came just after us are now …
Grans, Grannies, Nanas,
Grootmoeders, Grandmères …
Along with many others whose names or titles I can’t track or reproduce on my keyboard.
To grandmother – verb transitive – defines us.
- active, in the ready, front-loaders and back-loaders,
- there in a pinch, eager to prop, lift, carry, to lie-down-beside,
- the handy gran, the senior member of the mom, toddler trio,
- until recent decades always a significant member of the family constellation.
We who populated the feminist ranks decades ago are making it known there are more chapters to our story.
What’s ended is the silence. We are news and we bring the wisdom of experience to pass on to our progeny who face a future with more than the usual challenges for survival.
See Grandmother Tales below.