The number of grandparents is at a record high and growing at more than twice the overall population growth rate. By 2020, there will be close to 80 million...which means nearly one-in-three adults will be a grandparent.
Grandparents are a very diverse group. We vary in age, economic status, education and race. And yet, most often when we are portrayed by the media or advertiser, we have silver hair.
The truth is we don’t all sit on the front porch in rocking chairs knitting booties or crocheting sweaters. Some of us still love to rock and roll, like Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, who is not only a grandfather but also a great-grandfather.
When it comes to age discrimination, older citizens are often the object of cruel jokes and cartoons. If we live long enough, we will be old and some of us will age better than others. But do we always have to make fun of those of us who are older for things they can’t help? Does every advertisement we see for people over 50 have to be about incontinence, falling on the floor, or laxatives?
I visit many entertaining and informative blogs about various subjects. However, there are certain blogs I won’t visit because of the lack of respect they show for others. Believe me, getting older isn’t for wimps and in my opinion, showing respect for those older than us (no matter what our age) is still the right thing to do.
There’s nothing I like more than holding my grandchildren in my arms and rocking them, but I’m not finished with rock and roll yet, either. I love Blake Shelton, Little Big Town and Martina McBride. Given the chance, I would go to their concerts in a heartbeat.
Oh, and if you see me there, I’ll be wearing my red cowboy boots and rocking out. My hair is not gray, and I am betting you won’t know that I’m a grandmother of 5!
Teresa Bell Kindred is the author of several books including The Knot at the End of Your Rope; Ten Ways to Hold on When You are Stressed Out and Mom: PhD-A Simple 6 Step course on Leadership for Moms. She was a major contributor to Humor for a Teacher’s Heart and Cup of Comfort Devotional: Daily Reminders of God’s Love and Grace. She also authored four Precious Moments books that were illustrated by Sam Butcher. Her magazine column “Kindred Spirits” appeared in Kentucky Living magazine for 13 years. She frequently writes for Heartlight.org and has blogged for Verizon and Marie Callender’s foods. She has a M.A. in Secondary Education and has taught 7th graders, high school students and college classes. Teresa lives in Kentucky with her husband, Bill (aka Poppa), her twin sons who she can always tell apart (if she has her glasses on) and their seven dogs.