Thursday, July 19, 2018
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How did you get your Grandma name? William Merritt Going to see Grandma (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Many new or about-to-be grandmas tell me they are not going to pick their Grandma name. They are going to wait for the first grandchild to pick a name for them. They do this in hopes they will have a story to tell about how they got their name. One Grandma I talked to recently said that her children were trying to get the new baby to call her Grandma, though she was waiting for her grandson to come up with something on his own. He started with Bink, since he couldn’t pronounce Grandma, but his parents... (Read More ...)

Did Your Daughter or Daughter-in-Law Agree? I told someone recently how I came to write my book, “Who Gets to Name Grandma?” Matti (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is often a disconnect between Boomer women, whose life expectancy has lengthened by 10 years in our lifetime, 30 years in the last century, and our daughters or daughters-in-law, who still think a grandmother is old. Women’s life expectancy in the United States: 1900: 48.3 years 1947: 69.7 years 2007: 80.4 years A different way of looking at our longer lives is, how long could you expect to live if you reached 65? How many additional... (Read More ...)

Who Is Your Favorite Elephant?  African Bush Elephant (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Read about Elmer, the patchwork elephant, children’s favorite elephant around the world. Elmer was not like any of the other elephants. They were all gray. He was a patchwork of bright colors. Though he could make all the other elephants laugh and everyone loved him, he eventually decided he wanted to look like all the other elephants. He found a bush of elephant-colored berries, rolled around in the juice and became elephant colored. No one could tell who he was. None of the other elephants laughed anymore. When... (Read More ...)

Hello, Grandpa. Hello, Grandma. Our toddler granddaughter had a two-way audio-only baby monitor in her bed. Digital wireless video baby monitor (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Her parents thought that, since her bedroom was two stories above theirs, they’d better have a way of checking on her, once they were willing to move her from a crib in their room to a bed in her own room. We visited when the baby-monitor was still in place. “Oh, Grandpa. Oh, Grandma,” she sang into the baby monitor one evening to call us after she’d been in bed for a few minutes. We’d completed the nightly ritual bedtime... (Read More ...)

A Coin. In keeping with this week’s review of a memoir of growing up in the Great Depression and World War II years, in which June Kilpatrick tells the stories of things that she has kept for their memories, like her mother’s ruby and pearl ring, is this poem about memory. Filsinger, Sara Teasdale, Mrs., portrait photograph. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   The Coin   Into my heart’s treasury I slipped a coin That time cannot take Nor a thief purloin, — Oh, better than the minting Of a gold-crowned king Is the safe-kept memory Of a lovely thing.   Sara Teasdale, reprinted... (Read More ...)

Do Your Ties Have Zippers? Our six-year-old grandson was all dressed up for an outdoor event – dress shoes, dress shirt, blazer and tie. This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Czech Wikipedia for th week, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) After a few hours, he started getting restless and hot. He started to take his tie off, but his Dad, wearing a tie in the heat himself, objected. “You have to keep your tie on, Buddy,” he told him. That’s when I spotted a cord that looked like part of a zipper. “Do you have a zipper on your tie?” I asked him. He proudly showed me the... (Read More ...)

Learn more about the stages of childhood at (Photo credit: Wikipedia) How to Do Nothing with Nobody. Robert Paul Smith, Author of How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone By Yourself, cherishes the long, lazy days of his childhood. He and his friends made up things to do with materials at hand – spools, bits of leather, cedar cigar boxes, chestnuts, peach pits, and wishbones. The 2010 reprint of his 1958 book includes this warning to parents about the activities he describes, as many of them use knives and ice picks: “Parental Advisory: “This book describes activities that may... (Read More ...)

Scanned page of Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog, 1918. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Does your Mom Forward You Articles? It started when I was in college and continued until my Mom had a stroke at 83. Every now and then, my Mom would send me an article from the newspaper that she thought I might find interesting. I suppose if we were doing it in today’s world, she would have sent me an email, with a link to an article she thought I’d enjoy. The purpose is the same. I got the message she sent and the unspoken message it carried. “I’m thinking about you. I thought this article was in line... (Read More ...)

Christmas Tree (Photo credit: Wikipedia) How Did Your Parents Teach You to Be Frugal? My mother belonged to a social group that had decided to exchange Christmas gifts. Perhaps it was her Bridge club. It was 1959. My parents were always careful with money. The club had decided to limit the amount members spent on a gift to fifty cents. And, this is where her brilliance allowed her to shine at her Bridge club. Most of the women, I found out later, went to the five-and-dime store and got whatever they could get for fifty cents – a Christmas ornament, a small wooden toy, a plastic comb or brush,... (Read More ...)

That’s What Grandpas Are For – Grandchildren Quotes. My husband has been downloading public domain books ever since he got a Kindle late last year. Our grandchildren are now six years old and read well. So, my husband decided to download Peter and Wendy, the original Peter Pan book, so our grandson could read it the next time he came to visit. Here is how the book starts “All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. “One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with... (Read More ...)