GRAND Magazine - July/August 2011 - (Page 14)

The golden now I’m still a work in progress BY JEANINE DEHONEY I Jeanine DeHoney, grandmother of three, has written for Essence, Good Enough Mother and Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul. have not yet reached those talked-about “golden years,” but already that term distresses me at age 53. When my husband jokingly says I’ll soon be sitting in my rocking chair (along with him, of course) telling stories to our grandchildren like our parents did, I bite my bottom lip to keep from screaming. I usually stomp upstairs to look in the mirror. Yes, gray hairs; yes, laugh lines; but I am still young at heart and vibrant. So I’ve decided that instead of waiting to enter my golden years, I will try to live a golden life each day. That is how we all should live whether we are in our 20s or in our 60s. 14 GRAND JULY AUG 2011 I am still plotting my journey as a woman—not only a wife, mother or grandmother—to become the person of my dreams. My grandson may laugh when I tell him I am just as much a work in progress as he is, but it is true. I’m proud to say that I am not carved in stone yet, so I can embrace new ideas, remove old prejudices and annoying habits, and be more open to what the world has in store for me. So, if you would like to join me in turning your nose up

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - July/August 2011

GRAND - July/Aug 2011
Grand Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents
Grand View
Grand Central
American Pride (and Peace of Mind)
The Golden Now
Cover Story: The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Grandparenting
2011 Awards for Best Grandparenting Books
Bite Your Tongue?
Grand Products
Extraordinary Grands: Claudia Timbo
Grand Families: Going Through the Fire
Birds Do It
Grandparent Rights: Brainwashing Hannah
Teaching Kindness by Example
Getting Creative with Childhood Obesity
Toys ’n Tech
“Whadya Say??”
Grand Finale
The Big Reveal
Op Ed: Same-Sex Marriage, Pro or No?
Kinship Care Resources
Find Fun Things to Do

GRAND Magazine - July/August 2011