A unique gift for grandmothers everywhere...
Listen as 27 women describe in their own words how they responded to the many pleasures and demands of this role. Learn how they chose to navigate new challenges and delights in their own personal situations.
Hear how it changed the texture of their lives, their family relationships and their sense of themselves.
“Confirms, in a direct and delightful way, just how special the grandmother-grandchild relationship is....heart-warming”
Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall, author of The Good Granny Guide
“A book to warm your heart about being a grandparent. And one to reassure you that you’re not alone when you experience new relationships and complex family patterns.”
Virginia Ironside, agony aunt and novelist
Ann Richardson has been a writer for many years. She is fascinated by other people’s thoughts, experiences and emotions and loves to write books where they can express their views in their own words.
She writes on different subjects that capture her interest for one reason or another. A book about people living with AIDS or HIV at a time when there was no cure (Wise Before Their Time, Foreword by Sir Ian McKellen) has just been re-launched. A book about what it is like to work in end-of-life care (Life in a Hospice, Foreword by Tony Benn) was re-launched earlier this year. Her most recent new book is about how it feels to be a grandmother (Celebrating Grandmothers).
Ann lives in London, England, as do her two children and two grandsons. Please visit her website www.annrichardson.co.uk
Being a grandmother means that a variety of relationships take on a heightened intensity. The role of mother-in-law can seem particularly awkward, famously the butt of many a joke. Some grandmothers find it difficult to negotiate relations with their son or daughter's spouse (or partner). In this excerpt, an Indian grandmother could not be more loving. 'Mother-in-love' is a wonderful expression.
Celebrating Grandmothers: Grandmothers Talk About Their Lives
I treat my daughter-in-law as a daughter. I told her parents ‘I’m not her mother-in-law, I’m her mother-in-love.’ I give her love, she is my daughter. I’m not an in-law. When they introduced me first time, they kept calling me ‘mother-in-law’ and I kept correcting them. I said, ‘Please don’t call me that.’ So, they understood, and then they said, ‘Her second Mum’.