I’m a young glamma – sitting here thinking of all the things we do as grandmothers. In our case Glamma’s! 😊 There is no difference in those titles. A Glamma is a Grandmother – young in mind, body and spirit. It’s all about the image you have in your mind and not your physical age! It is also NOT the image of the past. I’m writing this article because I hear so many discussions on ‘what’ is a Glamma. So, let’s talk about that!
The True Definition of Glamma?
The standard definition is “A Glamma is a woman far too young and glamorous to be called Grandma!” I’ll agree with that! 😉 We provide our grandchildren with more than the typical grandmother’s love. Times have changed. Grandmothers are healthier, educated, business-minded, loving, and career-driven women. With that comes years of wisdom in living life to the fullest. That makes us young AND wise!
Grandmother or Grandma is associated with the image of an old lady, grey hair, maybe a cane, hunched over. These days, year 2020, the old image of a grandma is obsolete and has been for a while. Nowadays we have life experiences to share, we are educated, smart, sophisticated, funny, and really just well rounded. Glamma’s are actively involved in work, exercising, traveling and living life to the fullest. Many of us are still working because we are years younger than 60. We eat well, take supplements, medicines, and exercise. In addition, though some of us may not engage, there are doctors & surgeries that for many years have allowed women over 50 to look and feel younger- inside and out.
2. The New Image of Grandma
Times have changed! Women are becoming grandmothers as early as their late 30’s! Yes, 30 is young, but it happens. Times are changing and moving fast, and our children are growing up faster and having babies earlier in life. We have no control over the changing times. All we can do is be there for our children when they have a child themselves, and be the best Glamma’s that we can be! Nothing touches the heart of a grandmother more than holding the child of your own child!
Glamma’s are typically in their early 40 and 50’+. Many are going back to college later in life. I received my Master’s Degree at age 52; no brag, just confirmation that we can do anything we want to do. That mentality of a ‘grandmother, all wrinkled up has withered away and is gone!
A year or two ago, I read an article on the Huffington Post, an online newspaper. The author, a young woman herself, criticized other women who called themselves ‘glamma’s.’ The article was called ‘The Problem With Glamma’ Read it for yourself, but I hated the article! The young woman who wrote it heavily criticized the term glamma, and the women who call themselves as such.
The author of that article stated “Glamorous is all well and good for some. But there’s a dignity, an honor, a self-confidence that comes when someone embraces where they’re at in life, be it a mother or grandmother, rather than trying to deny the passage of time. How does she know….she is not a grandmother! She does not know we embrace it our role, no matter what we’re called.
That article came across as a criticism of women over the age of 50 who dared to feel they are still young in mind, body and spirit. The author’s image of ‘grandmother’ was outdated in our modern world. It shows a lack of understanding of ‘where’ the world is now with women having children younger and younger, making the grandmother image of old an inaccurate description:
Younger, Vital, Healthy, Educated and Still Living Life!
Glamma! It’s a term that makes those of us 50 to 60+, still feel young because we are still young. Our minds are young, therefore, our ‘living’ is young! Glamma does not tie us into the ancient generic term of an old lady with gray hair, a cane and lots of wrinkles. No, no, no! It is not that!
First of all, no one is denying the passing of time. Just the opposite. The author of that above mentioned article was missing the entire point! I don’t deny the statement above, but my advice to the author – “don’t write about something you don’t understand.” Those of us who call ourselves Glamma are NOT denying the passage of time. We are embracing it and taking advantage of all that we know and have learned to pass it on to our grand children in our now modern world! The author of the that article had no clue what it feels like to be a young grandmother under the age of 60. So how can she judge? *Instead she* blasted her ‘lack of understanding of who we are, meaning Glamma’s, on the Huffington Post webpage.
I thought it was extremely offensive to all grandmothers because the author doesn’t yet understand ‘time’ and the ‘world’ we live in. She didn’t seem to be aware that for years now, women/glamma’s are not the age of past generations. For years now, Age does not define a grandmother/glamma. Mind, body and spirit defines who we are!
The Beauty of a Glamma – Are We Different Now?
I feel no different than I did when I was 30 years old. At 63, my children are grown and living their lives. I have grandchildren, one who is 18 years of age. I became a grandmother at 45! A young glamma! I say that all the time. Now, at age 63, I’m still 30 – in my head. 🙂 Even if I look in the mirror and I see some wrinkles and signs of aging – so what?! I have experienced life 🙂 It does not mean I’m old.
I am grateful to see my grands grow up, thriving and moving forward in whatever goals they choose in life. I’m proud as I watch them change day by day. I feel incredibly blessed and loved when I can provide hugs, assistance, advice, and wisdom. It is a miracle to see them grow from birth to toddlers to school age children to teens to adults. Sometimes it reminds me that I’m aging as well, but that does not mean I have to be like the old lady image of grandmothers of the past!
I’m happy and grateful that I can get out there and dance with my 18-year-old grand-daughter. I’m happy and grateful that I can teach my grandson how to ride a bike and run down the street with him as he rides. It makes me happy to teach them the ways of the world. This is the value of a young grandmother (Glamma). No one should criticize the glamma’s of the world today because we are modern!
Grandmother Love – A Double Miracle
So now – Anyone who still thinks ‘Grandma’ should be a crinkled, wrinkled old lady with a cane, should step back?! We are just as vital to the world and our families as we used to be, maybe more, because with age, comes wisdom. What’s been added is finesse, patience, youthful tolerance, and life experiences!
We will continue to celebrate our ‘young-ness!’ We celebrate being a glamma! Let’s continue to actively be involved with our grand children’s lives and pass on the knowledge we glamma’s have gained over the years, no matter the age!
Yes, I’m a GLAMMA and proud of it! Sophisticated, smart, funny, sexy and beautiful and loving. What about you? Are you a glamma? Leave a comment below if you’re a proud glamma and tell me why? Remember no matter what they call you, a glamma is about how you feel about you!
Mind, body and spirit, beautiful inside and out. You are a glamma? Yes, I bet you are? 😊