There are three Grandmas that have been a blessing in my life. One of these I knew as a child while growing up, Grandma James. One of these special Grandmas I have never met because Grandma Homer has been watching me from heaven throughout my life. The other Grandma in my life is my children’s grandma, my wonderful, loving Mother, Elaine Homer. Each of these women I admire and love. Each of these women has taught me to honor and respect the name Grandma.
When my first grandchild, Jackson was born it was an exciting day! His birth gave me the blessing of being a Grandma for the very first time. As I entered this new phase of life I realized that a new responsibility was being handed to me. By carrying the name Grandma I was taking on a role and title of great importance. Grandma is a teacher, an example, and one who gives unconditional love. Grandma spends time with you and makes you feel like you’re the most important person in the world. Grandma is usually the glue that keeps the whole big family together. Grandma cooks and makes the best food and treats that she loves to share with everyone. Grandma serves others and always teaches love and compassion by how she lives. Oh, the list of things that Grandmas do just goes on and on. Every Grandma is different but I think the most important gift a Grandma gives her grandchildren is love.
I’ve been a Grandma for quite a few months now and friends and acquaintances are always so excited to discuss with me my feelings on the subject. The number one question that has been tossed in my direction is, “What are you going to be called?” At the time of Jackson’s birth I didn’t realize there were different options for the sacred title of Grandma. I just assumed that I would be called Grandma. But alas, there seems to be a new trend out there. The new “grandmotherly generation” is embracing the idea of picking out cool, hip names to replace the once traditional name of Grandma. I have to admit that I thought about my newly acquired title for a bit and even tossed around some creative names for my grandchildren to call me. It did not take me long to realize that I wanted to be called Grandma, just plain old Grandma.
For the next season of my life I want to be Grandma. It will be an honor for me if my grandchildren associate that name with someone who loves them. I want them to know that when they use the name of Grandma, I will be there for them. We are connected forever. Grandma is a beautiful name. I love and respect the Grandmas in my life. I will forever be grateful to carry the name of the strong, exemplary women in my life who I called Grandma. And that’s what I want to be called.