When I first discovered that I was to become a grandma I had looked to find children’s books which portrayed Grandmas as anything other than little old grey haired ladies wearing aprons and sitting in rocking chairs knitting. I was unsuccessful.
In fact I began to notice that whenever a grandmotherly figure was required for an advertisement or in the media, she was usually my mother’s age and generation.
This was definitely not who I identified with and it was definitely not how any of my recently grandma girlfriends saw themselves either. But it was the popular social perception of what a grandma should be.
“To Hell with that!” I thought and began a crusade, which ended up as a Magazine.To prove how groovy my girlfriends and I were we decided to make it an online Magazine, and on the 13th of October 2007 Groovy Grandmas was born.
That was three and a half years ago and now we are being archived by the National Library of Australia as a website of “Historical Importance and National Significance” – go figure!
It seems like only yesterday we were surfie chicks, hippies, rockers and the like. We were rebelling against both the establishment and our parents. A ‘tranny’ was something we used to listen to our music. We were reading Go-Set magazine, watching Count Down in black and white, wagging school, and smoking cigarettes because the ads lead us to believe that it made us look cool.
We were part of the revolution which liberated women by burning our bras, then ironically imprisoned our feet in uncomfortable if not dangerous platform shoes. We read Cleo and Cosmopolitan and loved the centrefolds. We wore miniskirts and micro minis because we looked great in them and welcomed the wolf whistles, which did wonders for our egos. We were “in” and “turned on” all at the same time. We were “fab” and it was a “gas” to be alive – everything was “Groovy”.
Baby Boomers whether Grandmas yet or not are sexy, smart, savvy, fabulous women living wonderful rich lives still full of fun and adventure – still discovering, learning sharing and growing richer every day.
Don’t you think?
This article was kindly contributed by Bryony Preece Editor of Groovy Grandmas online magazine. You can find more stories, articles of interest, ideas for living life to the full and fun things to do on their exclusively baby boomer website.
If you have anything to add on what it’s like to be a grandparent in this day and age, we’d welcome your comments below.