My grandmother was of the Great Depression era. She always stayed home as far as I could remember. We spent a lot of time with my grandparents. My grandpa was a very hard worker. My grandma spoiled us. She cooked us eggs and bacon every morning (and sometimes biscuits and gravy).
My friends and I often lament about how grandmothers aren’t like they used to be. I envision them as wearing aprons and when you come through the door they hug your neck (my grandparents are from the south). The sit you right down at the table and say, “Are you hungry? What can I fix you?” They don’t wait for you to respond; they know you are hungry. They call their kids and beg them to bring the grandchildren over.
Am I dreaming? Did grandparents such as these ever really exist? I know they did because I saw them. I have often thought of why grandparents such as these are largely extinct. Again, I think I blame the baby boomers.
The baby boomers gave us the “wonderful” 60’s, the selfish 70’s, the overindulgent 80’s. They decided it was better to work than stay home. They thought they needed more stuff and bigger houses. They need two car garages and of course two cars to fit in the garages. But of course this meant no one could actually stay home to take care of the larger house with a two (and now three) car garage. No, they must work harder to pay for all of this.
So something has to give right? Well, the day cares make more money because someone has to watch the kids while they work, and who thinks about funding retirement when you can buy more stuff. So the mother’s of the 80’s work through the 90’s and now in 2008 must work well into retirement. I mean, who has time to find an apron let alone make a pie?
Having said that I am not belittling my own family, I had my grandmother that was with me a lot, and my stepmom always stayed home even though she worked from home a lot, and my mother took occasional times away from the corporate workforce to stay home with us. They taught me a lot. I learned how to cook and to sew. Also, my mother-in-law always stayed at home with her children. She also always made Sunday dinner (lunch) for her family. She would definitely still do this (and probably does) if we lived closer to her. I miss Sunday dinner. You should always have Sunday dinner with family and anyone else that wants to come. Also, my sweet mamaw has always stayed at home (except for that stint working in the deli putting Julie through college). She makes the best chili and homemade noodles!
I just miss the days of mothers and grandmothers staying home and teaching their children and grandchildren the art of homemaking. It is such a lost art. I always love going to my husband’s grandmother’s house. It reminds me of my childhood. She stuffs you to the gills with food. She makes homemade rolls and always has homemade strawberry jam to put on your rolls. She wears an apron.
Honestly, this is the goal for myself. I want to be that grandmother. Right now, I am working hard to be a good mother, but I don’t want to stop there. I want to know how to garden well, and can the food from my garden. I want to bake pies. I want to not only be the Proverbs 31 wife and mother, but also the grandmother.
What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies. ~Rudolph Giuliani
A house needs a grandma in it. ~Louisa May Alcott
If God had intended us to follow recipes,
He wouldn't have given us grandmothers.
Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete. ~Marcy DeMaree
It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace. ~Christopher Morley