Friendship has always been an essential part of my life. I’ve nurtured my friendships over the years and consider them the treasures of my life. As we get older, it can be hard to make new friends simply because we don’t have opportunities to meet new people. That’s one of the reasons I founded the GaGa Sisterhood — to create a community of like-minded women where we could meet interesting grandmas and make new friends.
Grandmas tend to be a happy bunch – in large part because of the joy our grandchildren bring us, but also because we’ve reached a point in our lives where we’re comfortable with who we are. We have interests and passions that have evolved over several decades. We have friendships we’ve nurtured over many years and we’re at a time in our lives when we appreciate that life is precious. All the grandmas I’ve met seem to be truly authentic, which is why I enjoy being around them. When I’m not spending time with my three granddaughters, I love being with other grandmas.
Why Grandmas Make Wonderful Friends
At our July GaGa Sisterhood meeting we had a member mixer as a way to get to know each other better. We broke up into small groups and each member told a few stories about herself. At the end of the meeting we gathered in a big circle to share our impressions. The theme that was repeated over and over was that, despite our different backgrounds and life experiences, we shared many things in common: resilience, flexibility, caring, openness, generosity of spirit, depth and insight.
Here’s why I think grandmas make wonderful friends:
- They give the best advice. Grandmas aren’t afraid to tell you their opinion, even if it’s not what you want to hear. They give advice when you need it, when you don’t want it, and when you think you have it all figured out — and every time, the advice is worth hearing.
- They give you a shoulder to cry on. There have been many times when I’ve needed a grandma’s shoulder to cry on. It always helps to get it all out, and grandmas are wonderful listeners.
- They have a lifetime of knowledge and experience to help you. Grandmas have lived longer and have been on more adventures. All my grandma friends have interesting stories and experiences to share. I love hearing all the things grandma have done. I’ve learned a lot of lessons just by listening to their stories.
- They are funny. I have laughed and laughed during my time with grandmas. They always have such hilarious stories to share about their grandchildren.
- They always have the best food. Most grandmas I know like to show their love through food. They’ve had lots of experience cooking so they’ve developed some specialties which are delicious.
- They are hip. Most grandmas I know are very youthful and vibrant. They learn new technology from their grandchildren so they can stay connected and they’re usually pretty tech savvy.
- They will always support you. Always. No matter what. Grandmas have been through so many life experiences they know how to lift your spirit.
- They always have their arms open, ready for a big hug. You can never have enough hugs from grandmas. At our GaGa Sisterhood meeting, I greet each member with a warm hug and receive one back.
I’m truly grateful for the wonderful community of GaGa sisters who come to our meetings. They’ve enriched my life and the lives of our other members.