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the child has so many people to love him. And I don’t know where I got this idea that being a grandmother meant that you were first chair and the only one. And again, I guess it’s because that previous generation never talked about what they might have wished for.” “Growping” for answers “I think that for many women of grandmother age and older, we’ve been kind of hidden from previous generations. Until recently we rarely saw behind the veil because the media didn’t value the generation of women when we hit midlife. Without the media and without advertising, you don’t know that your experiences are universal. “My role with Vibrant Nation has given me more courage to talk to my own friends and family members in a real way. Once you find that you’re not crazy or alone, you start to be willing to take more risks with everybody. I personally think that ‘reinvention’ sounds like it has too much mastery to it. I prefer the word ‘growping’ for answers because I think that more captures the flavor of what it’s like for me.” Filled up “I just went through the most sublime Thanksgiving of my life [But before the visit] I was tell- ing my hairdresser that with all the loving adults in the room I was afraid I wasn’t going to get enough lap time with Mason. She said to me, ‘Please don’t be like my mother, who actually, honest to God, had a timer, and she was secretly timing how much time the other grandmother was getting!’ “I think the biggest issue really has to do with the long-distance grandparenting and worries about how I could establish a strong bond Once you find that you’re not crazy or alone, you start to be willing to take more risks with everybody. with the child if I’m so far away. But what I realized actually, holding Mason in my arms, is that the bond—it’s almost more a metaphysical bond—has more to do with how much love I have for this child than spending time together. “There’s something so primal and so visceral and so organic about this relationship, and it will be for both of us. We’re just going to make the most of the times we have together. This Thanksgiving, really, it filled me up. While it was sad to leave, I left full.” G Share this article with your friends. Ed. note: Carol Orsborn was interviewed by GRAND managing editor Christine Bettencourt on December 4, 2009. For a written transcript of the complete interview, click here. JANUARY GRAND
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010

GRAND Magazine - January 2010
Contents
WinShape Homes: Chick-fil-A’s Best-Kept Secret
GRAND Central
Meet Kay Glynn: America’s Fittest Grandmom
Fighting Fat in Kids
Hidden Sugars
The Coming Caregiver Crunch
The Secret World of Grandparents
Cyber-Savvy GRAND
GRAND Ride
RESOURCES
GRAND Finale
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GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - GRAND Magazine - January 2010
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - Cover2
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GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 4
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 5
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - Contents
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 7
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 8
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 9
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - WinShape Homes: Chick-fil-A’s Best-Kept Secret
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GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 12
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 13
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 14
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - GRAND Central
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GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 20
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 21
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - Meet Kay Glynn: America’s Fittest Grandmom
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 23
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 24
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 25
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - Fighting Fat in Kids
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 27
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - Hidden Sugars
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 29
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - The Coming Caregiver Crunch
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 31
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - The Secret World of Grandparents
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 33
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - Cyber-Savvy GRAND
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 35
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - GRAND Ride
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 37
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 38
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GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - 40
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GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - RESOURCES
GRAND Magazine - January/February 2010 - GRAND Finale
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