THE GRANNY GIG

Definition of a Gig: A job that is temporary or has an uncertain future First, a disclaimer.  This is my view though one shared by many of my fellow Grandmothers. It is not, God knows, a widely acknowledged, admitted or maybe even, true for the masses view.  So, there is no need for agitation or death threats, it’s just a gimlet-eyed look at this sacred cow. I am, one of these sacred cows, myself. And since Christopher Hitchens, has left us and Mother Theresa too, I do think having a new myth to chew on is a good thing. Men, can ignore this.  You will probably not relate, since Grandpas, like fathers, are pretty much given a pass about their roles and behaviors.  So this is mainly for us ladies of a certain age (Grandmothers do range from 40’s to death).  I, myself am 70 (the new 50, they keep saying) but, that doesn’t really help anything but the hawkers of exercise equipment, yoga gear, plastic surgery and manufacturers of really, really depressing products like, ‘Not My Daughter’s Jeans’. I have been a Grandmother for 19 years, which means my nest was barely vacated before this new role descended.  I have six grandchildren ranging in age from 9 to 19.  So, I have gone through the Kubler/Ross five stages version of Grandmotherhood. Though she was talking about death, the very opposite of the new life, new chapter, new joy deal associated with GRANNYWORLD, so far I’ve identified seven stages: STAGE ONE: New Baby Stage, especially the first grandchild stage.  A kind of dementia descends.  Gurgling, ecstatic madness involving excessive...