Sunday, May 29, 2011

Who Are You Calling Grandma?

LAST month, Gwyneth Paltrow, promoting her new cookbook, “My Father’s Daughter” (Grand Central Life & Style), on the television show “Chelsea Lately,” revealed that her mother, the actress Blythe Danner, wanted to be called Woof by her grandchildren, Apple and Moses. “My mom’s hot and she didn’t want to be called Grandma,” Ms. Paltrow said. “So she kept trying to make the Woof thing stick. It’s even her e-mail address.”
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Apple, in Gwyneth Paltrow's arms in 2007, came up with the name Lalo for her grandmother, Blythe Danner, right, Ms. Danner said.

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Goldie Hawn, who was named Glam-Ma.
Ms. Paltrow did not elaborate on the provenance of Woof, nor on her children’s actual nickname for Ms. Danner, Lalo. But another Hollywood grandmother, the actress Goldie Hawn, has written about her own reluctance to embrace the term in her best-selling memoir, “A Lotus Grows in the Mud” (Berkley Trade): “The wonderful day arrived; my grandson, Ryder Russell, burst forth into this world. I could barely contain myself. But was I really a ‘grandmother’?” Ms. Hawn wrote. (Or, as Shirley MacLaine howled in the 1983 movie “Terms of Endearment,” “Why should I be happy about being a grandmother?”)
It is, Ms. Hawn continued, a “word that had so many connotations of old age and decrepitude.”
“My son Oliver decided I should be called ‘Glam-Ma,’ which I thought was quite brilliant and made us all laugh so hard.”
The term has stuck. According to, “If 60 is the new 40 then GlamMa is the new Grandma, a woman with a sense of self and style.”

(This article was taken from "More" magazine.)

How great is GlamMa.  I love it!  I am not yet a grandparent but it is something that I look forward to.  It is one of the many great perks of being a "Boomer."  We get to be grandparents...but we are the boomers, so remember we are forever young.  So we might not like the traditional title of grandma.  Today we are naming ourselves.  Anything goes.  Be creative.  In today's world there are often more than two sets of grandparents!  I, for one, will be one of four grandmothers for my step-daughter's future child!  Being creative will really be important for our family.  
What do your grandchildren call you? has named Sally Field "Grandparent of the Week."  Gidget is now a 64 year old grandparent of three!!!  Click here for story.

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