GRAND Magazine - July/August 2013 - (Page 30-31)

cover story Confessions of a slightly controlling, madly in love Nana Anne lamott, “the people’s author,” gets real about being a new grandmother and about mothering a teen parent By colleeN sell 30 GRAND July AuGust 2013 Photo credIt: ©MArk rIchArds t wenty years ago, novelist Anne Lamott raised a few eyebrows, ruffled some feathers, and struck a resonant chord with millions of mothers with her memoir Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year. In this classic bestseller, Lamott chronicled the joys and perils of having a baby—at 35 and as a single mother—with unflinching honesty and self-deprecating humor. Anne raised Sam alone, with her faith and a tight circle of family and friends helping her get through the lean years and rough patches. When Sam left the nest to study industrial design at a local university, Anne said a prayer of thanks. Now, she could go for longer walks with the dogs, spend more time with friends, breathe a little easier. She began work on a new book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. Then, the day before Thanksgiving, Anne got The Call: Sam, 19, and his 20-year-old girlfriend, Amy, were having a baby. In July 2009, Jax was born, and Anne, 55, became his delighted, if angst-ridden, paternal grandmother. “ A grandchild is like a fine jewel set in an old ring.* *From Some Assembly Required

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - July/August 2013

GRAND Magazine - July/August 2013
Transforming Retirement
The Thrill Is Gone. Not.
Falling in Lust Again
Nana-to-Be Showers
Is Baby’s Wee Bed Safe?
When Harry Meets Baby
10 Steps to a Child-Proof House
Confessions of a Slightly Controlling, Madly in Love Nana
All About Baby!
Smart Ways to Save for Your Grandchildren’s College
The Low-Down on Five Stand-Out Vehicles
Let the Games Begin!
Hot Toys for Cool Kids!
Picking Berries with Granddad
Fun in the Sun!
Picking Up Where We Left Off
A Bond So Deep

GRAND Magazine - July/August 2013