Every morning as I’m getting ready for work, I put on my watch, my rings and my bracelets. They’re all very nice and I love them all, but there’s only one thing I ever worry about losing: My grandmother’s wedding ring. It’s a simple 14K gold band with her wedding date and both of my grandparents’ initials engraved inside. To quote MasterCard (who could never replace it), it’s priceless.
Grandmothers come in all sizes, shapes, colors and ages. They have a variety of creative names passed down for generations or invented by their grandchildren when they first began to speak – Noni, Grammy, Meme, Babo, Nana, Bubba, Mimi. But despite all of their unique differences, all grandmothers share one common denominator: They are rock stars to their grandchildren.
Grandmothers are the people you go to when you’re five years old to snuggle or ask for a chocolate chip cookie right before dinner. They’re also there when you’re ten and have knocked over the expensive doodad in your mother’s room. They’re the ones who assure you not to worry; it wasn’t that special and can easily be replaced.
Grandmothers are the women you run to at 15 when you really messed up at school and said something inappropriately rude to a teacher or best friend. She’s the one who agrees that, yes, it was very rude but tells you it’s not the end of the world. She also insists you turn around immediately and apologize – but not before sharing the story about how your mother or father did the same thing at your age.
And if you’re lucky enough to have your grandmother in your life when you’re 20 or 30, this is the woman you come to for wise counsel when making some of the most difficult life decisions. Truly amazing grandmothers answer the phone whenever you call and tell you how wonderful it is to hear your voice (never scolding you for not calling in weeks). Somehow, these women not only know the names of your friends, but remember all the “friend facts” you’ve shared with them over the years.
Am I biased about grandmothers? Definitely. My grandmother was an absolute blessing in my life and I still miss her every day. My mother-in-law was an over- the-top grandmother to seven grandchildren that all wanted to meet her for dinner or lunch as often as possible. (She was also a great listener and a fun traveling partner). My own mother was a loving and caring grandmother who was always there for my children whenever they needed that time to lean in or someone to lean on.
So, now that I’m a grandmother, I work hard at making a difference in my grandchildren’s lives. Every day. My hope is that I might someday be as loved as my Noni Kate – the mother of all rock star grandmothers.