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Boomer Beat: Are Cell Phones, Texting, I-Pods Replacing Grandma?

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By Linda Varon

Nothing can compare to that first grandchild. From the moment you look into that beautiful face, you think about all those years that your own children drove you nuts!

The first few years may be filled with late night phone calls. “Mom, she is throwing up and we think she has a fever. What should we do?”

It moves from there to “Mom, she wants to spend the weekend at your house. Do you mind?” I call this the “chocolate chip cookie” period. During this time, Grandma can do no wrong. Your grandchild wants nothing more than to spend time with her “best grandma.” You will let her stay up late, eat sweets and even teach her how to play FISH. If she promises not to tell, you may even teach her how to play draw poker for money.

At her birthday parties, you are treated like a guest of honor. She wants all her friends to meet “grandma.” Grandma makes the best cookies!

You are asked to appear at all sporting events, even if she is not playing that day because she has a sprained finger! You show up regardless!

Time passes very quickly when it comes to grandchildren. All of a sudden, they have no time for grandma. They have “friends” and a busy social life. It becomes totally UN-COOL to be at grandma’s house on a weekend. Only when it is a form of punishment, will you be asked if your granddaughter can stay at your house for the weekend. (Your kids may need a break from this demon child who has taken over the spirit of their daughter!)

So, the child brings her cell phone, her I-Pod and they still want to stay on your computer all night, while they are texting their friends! No one gives a crap about cookies! They can pinch an inch around their waist and sure as heck are not eating cookies!

After a weekend of bonding with your teenage grandchild, you are thankful to hear the sound of your kids coming back to fetch her! You smile as you head back to your favorite chair. No more cell phone, I-Pod, texting or drama.

What happened to that sweet angel who just wanted to play cards and make cookies with grandma?

Got any jacks?    - From the Blogsite “Growing up and liking it.”-

Mature Lifestyles is Middle Tennessee's Newest Monthly Publication dedicated to living fully after 50! The publication serves Rutherford, Sumner, Wilson, Williamson and Dekalb Counties. Mature Lifestyles features articles on Senior Healthcare, Area Senior Events, Mature Real Estate News, Travel, Gardening, Food and entertainment with many of your favorite columns such as Boomer Beat, Veteran's Corner and our newest column - Assisted Loving. With Mature Lifestyles there is no time to rest! With a large distribution in five counties in Middle Tennessee and an active website we are dedicated to ensuring an active and exciting lifestyle after 50!

Norma Bixler is Mature Lifestyles Editor in Chief and Maturle Lifestyles is published by Main Street Medial, LLC. 

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