Generation G: Advice for Savvy Grandmothers Who Will Never Go Gray


Advice from the heart of a rather hip and savvy Baby Boomer grandmother offers insight forgrandmothering in the twenty-first century.

The rules for grandmothers have changed. The new silver generation is savvy and sophisticated-managing businesses, working out with a personal trainer, and traveling to exotic locations. But what about their care and nurturing of the next generation? How can they stay connected and leave a legacy, cheerleading ...

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Advice from the heart of a rather hip and savvy Baby Boomer grandmother offers insight forgrandmothering in the twenty-first century.

The rules for grandmothers have changed. The new silver generation is savvy and sophisticated-managing businesses, working out with a personal trainer, and traveling to exotic locations. But what about their care and nurturing of the next generation? How can they stay connected and leave a legacy, cheerleading and hand-holding those who come behind?

This handbook provides encouragement for grandmothers with the real issues they face today. Seven sections of essayschallenge grandmothers to become healers, peacemakers,repairers of the breach in families, and to celebrate life transitions and aging. Topics, both humorous and serious,range from the importance of choosing a name, waiting at the hospital, and getting wrinkles to blended families, step-grandparenting, in-laws, boundaries, and dying. Generation G will inspire grandmothers to realize their calling is great and their gift, of themselves, essential.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785228127
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/11/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 723,290
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Marty Norman, M.Ed. is a freelance writer, licensed therapist, workshop trainer, inspirational speaker, mother of two, and grandmother of four. She is a founding member of the First Grandmother's Club and cofounded Grandmother Connections. She and her husband, Jim, live in Ft. Worth, where she loves to hike, garden, oil paint, and read but mostly play with her grandkids.

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Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2007 Marty Norman
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7852-2812-7

Chapter One


For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver. -Psalm 66:10

Let's face it: the twentieth-century grandmother is no more. Gone are the days of shirtwaist dresses, aprons, and rocking chairs. Good-bye to standing hair appointments and the sprayed chignon. Hello to flat irons, mousse, and hair gel. Like it or not, large grocery store chains have replaced homemade pie crust and homegrown tomatoes.

It is a new day. Twenty-first-century grandmothers are a new kind of breed. I know-I am one.

Look around you, and you'll see that baby boomers are changing the face of grandparenting. Many of us have discretionary income and are savvy to the ways of the world. But how does rich, savvy, and silver describe today's grandmother?

The idea came to me one Saturday morning as I was making my weekly run through Target. As I passed by a bright red T-shirt with the words Rich, Sassy, and Single emblazoned on the front in iridescent colors, I thought, Now, that concept is certainly lost on my generation. Then it hit me: if I created a T-shirt for my generation, I would print the words Rich, Savvy, and Silver in much larger letters. That's us. That's my generation. As I went to my car, I continued to ponder from what depth such a profound thought had come.

The meaning soon became clear. These three adjectives are a succinct description of twenty-first-century grandmothers-women who are so abundantly blessed that we have the motivation and ability to give back a hundredfold. Let's briefly consider each of these concepts.

How are we rich? We have a wealth of wisdom and life experience. In recent years, my family has nearly tripled in size, yet I still have the time and ability to travel, shop, create, and do many other activities. I often find myself overcome by the abundance of my life. In my lifetime I have seen everything from birth to death, illness to healing, light to dark, happy to sad. My history has made me who I am. I have lost loved ones to accidents or death, sat by the bedside of a dying parent, and helped families deal with alcohol or drug addiction. I have grieved with friends whose homes were devastated by natural disasters. I have felt pain as churches implode and families divide.

I have also been blessed to experience miracles. I have rejoiced as prodigal sons and daughters have returned home. I have seen marriages restored and families reunited. I have witnessed deathbed conversions and experienced healing, forgiveness, sacrificial giving, and generosity beyond understanding.

Yes, my generation has a lot of experience and wisdom to share.

To state the obvious, I am also rich in years. Years of love, laughter, joy, wonder, sadness, trials, and temptations-many years, many lessons. I've seen a lot, from the invention of the television to the landing on the moon, from the computer to the cell phone. I've watched the Berlin Wall come down, the Cuban embargo go up, and the wars in Vietnam, the Gulf, and Iraq. I've watched Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, I Love Lucy, and Mission Impossible.

A lot of years, a lot of life. Our generation is rich indeed.

Defining how we are savvy was harder. My thesaurus gives the following as synonyms for savvy: shrewd, understanding, discerning. These adjectives describe my generation. We have a shrewd understanding of life. I doubt any of us wants to go back in years, but everything we are today comes from those years of trial and error. Our past affects our future.

We are also multifaceted. We have sung in choirs, been on boards, founded neighborhood associations, rafted rivers, climbed mountains, gone on mission trips, worked with the homeless, taught Sunday school, watched solar eclipses, picnicked in the park, danced on crutches, written poetry, sung songs, cried with friends, laughed with lovers, and lived life to the best of our ability. We have discerned danger and observed corruption. We have learned whom to trust and whom not to trust. We have a pretty good handle on life.

Yes, we are a savvy generation, not easily fooled.

Last but not least, we are silver. Ten years ago, I decided to go natural. My hair is as silver as the mane on the Lone Ranger's horse. Sometimes people describe my hair as gray, but I prefer the term silver, for I will never grow gray. Gray is a mind-set, a metaphor for growing old, but silver is vibrant and alive, a celebration of life. Silver also connotes hope, an attitude that shines with life, rejoicing in where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going.

But silver is not just a hair color. Silver is a valuable metal that shines, refined to showcase its purity. As the silversmith perfects the metal, he holds it over the hottest part of the fire to burn away the impurities. By the same token, in order for God to refine us, he holds us close to the fire to burn away the dross. Most of us have been through God's refining fire time and again, but as our children are quick to say, our process is not yet complete. Surely we are further along the path than we were yesterday.

So the title of this chapter is perfect, for it describes my generation-Generation G grandmothers who are in process of becoming who we were created to be.

Rich, savvy, and silver. That's me-and I'm proud of it!


Excerpted from GENERATION G by MARTY NORMAN Copyright © 2007 by Marty Norman. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction: The Essence of G     xviii
Grand Transitions
Rich, Savvy, and Silver     1
All Aboard     6
Made to Be a Grandmother     11
The Cycle of Life     15
Day by Day     18
Celebrate Every Wrinkle     22
Grand News
Nine Months and Counting     27
I'm Going to Be a What?     31
What's in a Name?     34
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!     37
Shine On, Shine On Harvest Moon     41
Changing Grandmother Images     46
Grand Opportunities
But We Always Do It Like That     51
Dealing with Retirement While Driving to Museum School     56
Wither Thou Goest     60
Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief     66
Love Is the Answer     69
Every Grandchild a Winner     74
Grand Challenges
What's a Few Miles in the Scheme of Things?     79
Sandwiching Grandchildren Between Parents and Children     83
Giving Advice Without Making Suggestions     87
Mayday! Mayday!     92
Listening with Two Ears and One Heart     96
Are We Not a Family Anymore?     100
An Endangered Species     105
Do You Hear What I Hear?     109
One, Two ... One, Two, Three     112
A Triangle Is the Sum of Its Angles     116
Love Is Easier the Second Time Around     120
When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder     125
Grand Gifts
Something Borrowed, Something Blue     131
Customizing Keepsakes     135
A Hope Chest     139
History 101 and More     143
Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil     147
For Better or Worse, for Richer or Poorer     152
Grand Finale
Spiritual Opportunities     157
The Invisible Gift     162
Shepherding Grandchildren     166
Crossing the River     170
Going Out in Style     175
The Power of One     179
About the Author     185
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2008

    Significant Book for Grandmothers

    What a great read! Style is storytelling so is very readable, but is full of deep concepts and truths about the influence and significance that grandmothers and grandfathers can have in a grandchild's life. The author is teachable, as evidenced by her journey, and as she shares her experiences and thoughts she effectively challenges the reader to grow as well. Creative ideas and many real life examples that both touched my heart and opened my eyes to ways we may impact children in our lives. Very short chapters so it can be read straight through or in bits. A winner for grandmothers no matter how experienced!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2009

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    More like 3.5 stars

    This was a pretty good book for non-fiction. It makes me look forward to being a grandmother some day. There were a lot of cute stories and snippets from the author's life experiences in this book. Also, it reads a lot like a devotional with each chapter being only a few pages long. The book is very reader-friendly.

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  • Posted January 13, 2009

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    G Is For Grandmother

    This wonderful book, Generation G: Advice For Savvy Grandmothers Who Will Never Go Gray by Marty Norman, is about the wonderful opportunity of being a GRANDmother.<BR/><BR/>Generation G covers many topics facing grandmothers today, such as: dealing with aging, choosing the name our grandchildren will call us, creating new family traditions to meet the changing times, learning how to be a support system for our children and grandchildren, the importance of listening, passing on a legacy, and much, much more.<BR/><BR/>At times the book will make you laugh, at other times you will be moved to tears, and at still other times, you will be scrambling for your pen and note-pad to jot down notes.<BR/><BR/>Marty shows us that grandmothers of this generation have much to offer, and she puts a positive slant on everything. Instead of old, she suggests that we use the word mature; instead of gray, silver; and my personal favorite--instead of saggy, soft.<BR/><BR/>This book is a delightful and uplifting read that will challenge you to throw off the shabby shawl of stereotypes, and become the grandmother that makes a difference in the lives of her grandchildren!<BR/><BR/>This would be a great gift for any grandmother or a great read for current grandmothers (or those like me who look forward to that chapter in their life).

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  • Posted December 28, 2008

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    Generation G by Marty Norman

    Generation G, by Author Marty Norman, is an excellent book that gives advice for savvy grandmothers. Grandmothers of this generation are different than grandmothers of the past. Things and times have changed. Grandmothers are not like the images we have of them sitting in a rocking chair, in the kitchen with their apron, or sitting on the back porch watching the world go by. Grandmothers of today are active. They travel, teach, preach, have jobs and stay in shape Grandmothers of today are savvy.<BR/><BR/>Marty Norman writes and gives advice on how a grandmother can reach her grandchildren in a way that is not preaching¿but teaches how a grandmother can win them over in wisdom, hope, strength & love. A grandmother has many opportunities to help, teach, play and learn with their grandchildren. The book, Generation G, gives ideas on how to keep in contact with grandchildren that live in another state. This book also gives ideas on family traditions, play times, vacations, etc.<BR/><BR/>The greatest part about Generation G is that it helps you, the Grandmother, find your own style and footprint that will reach your grandchildren in years to come. As a grandmother, this is a book that I highly recommend. I have taken notes, made plans and have started making my own legacy with my grandchildren. Buy Generation G¿.it will be one of the best decisions you¿ve ever made.

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