"Grandmas ... can shed the yoke of responsibility, relax, and enjoy their grandchidren in a way that was not possible when they were raising their own children. And they can glow in the realization that here is their seed of life that will harvest generations to come."--Erma Bombeck
Don't you love Erma Bombeck? She always hit the proverbial nail on its proverbial head. Whether in her humor or in more serious insights as the above, she knew what the rest of us were thinking and then said it in a few well-chosen words.
I believe I've shared in the past my own "shedding responsiblity" grandma experience of mixing up brownie batter with my then 3 year old granddaughter Reynna. Rather than baking it as I'd intended, I suggested to Reynna that we each dip our spoons in it and have a bite. One bite turned into two, and, pretty soon, we had eaten the whole bowl of batter one spoonful at a time.
Would I have done that with my own children? Absolutely not. I was too much the "good mother." Isn't it strange how being a good mother can differ so strikingly from being a good grandmother?
Joy for today: being a grandmother.