What does it mean to be a Grandmother?
The actual, physical act of becoming a Grandmother was easy enough. I did not have to do anything, really, other than support my daughter as she went through the labour. The emotional act of becoming a Grandmother is another story.
I have many emotions, several of which conflict with each other. During the labour and the birth, I was at once proud of my daughter and her husband, and fearful for her. I had gone through the same type of hard, long, drawn-out labour that she’d gone through. For some reason, I was never fearful for myself. I was afraid for my daughter, for the exhaustion she was obviously experiencing. I was surprised that I was more concerned for the welfare of my daughter than I was for the new baby!
Now, I have embarked on a new journey. One which started, I suppose, when I first gave birth to my oldest daughter, who now has a child of her own. What does it mean to be a Grandmother? How does one go about acting like a Grandmother? What does a Grandmother look like? What name should I go by?
Many questions surface, with many emotions. I want to explore these emotions as they occur. Because, I really don’t think I am the only one who thinks this way, who feels these same things, and who have what I call identity issues. You, reader, are invited to participate in this exploration, to help sort out the new role called Grandmother.
Welcome, to the Grandmother Club!