The holidays are filled with predicable patterns that give meaning to the season. There is something comforting about doing the same thing year after year; it gives a sense of consistency and ritual.
Christmas can be a time of conflicting emotions. Some people have deep personal associations with the holidays that are just too painful to release – so they reject the holidays all together. Others embrace all the festivities of the season, from bright holiday lights to Christmas trees and New Year parties.
One of the most popular holiday traditions is decorating the Christmas tree. For many families, turning on of the tree lights is a sign that the holiday season has begun.
If you do an Internet search for 40th wedding anniversary gifts, you will find hundreds of pages that tell you pretty much the same thing. The traditional 40th anniversary gift is “ruby.” If you want a cheaper option, go for something red – red candles, red glasses or red cards.
One of the most entertaining parts of being a grandma is getting to hear all of the funny things that your grandkids say. From the cringe worthy things that they repeat from the other kids at school to the names that they give to us, grandkids are hilarious!
One year ago, an historian from a museum in Lueneburg, Germany, contacted me. “Are you the great granddaughter of Robert Heinemann?” she asked.
They were looking for descendants of Robert’s father, my great, great grandfather, Marcus Heinemann, who had been a leading Jewish citizen in Lueneburg many years before Hitler.
Divorce after 60 may be painful, but, at least it is no longer a taboo subject. It’s also a challenge that more and more women are facing as our generation ages.
Halloween is a bitter-sweet time of the year for me. On the one hand, I love seeing all of the kids in my neighborhood dress up. I simply adore seeing their faces when they open my door to collect candy and see how I have decorated. They are so cute!
I came across a quote today that made me think about the special relationship that grandkids have with their grandparents. The quote was “There’s no place like home, except grandmas.” With my own grandkids, I’ve noticed that there is a special sparkle that appears in their eyes when we talk about going back to my apartment.
If you’re a grandmother, what do your grandchildren call you? “Grandma?” “Nana?” “Mammy?” Some women over 60 feel strange being called “Grandma” or other titles because it reminds them of their own grandmothers, who were much “older” women than we are now.
I don’t know about you, but, I love being a grandmother. When I was raising my own children, it seemed like life was a flurry of activity. I was working full-time, always zipping back and forth from the office, trying to squeeze in as much time with my kids as possible. At the same time, while I was raising my kids, every question was a “first” and every problem had to be solved without context. I loved every second of it, but, the time also flew by in a blur.