Good morning Dear Reader.....I picked up the paper yesterday and read, with great interest, an article published about a comprehensive study that is being conducted in a Melbourne University, as follows:-
"Genetic scientists have made an amazing discovery after an extensive research program being run at a Melbourne University Hospital. Dr. Ima Gointobee, the scientist leading the research, told this reporter, "Although genetics plays a large role in the appearance and behaviour of organisms, it is the combination of genetics with what an organism experiences that determines the ultimate outcome." She was referring the fact that most of the women in the 500 strong study group, aged between 45 and 65, were experiencing strange symptoms on finding that they were to be Grandparents. These included thickening of the waist and rapid greying to name just a couple. Dr Gointobee stated that although some men were also affected, the majority of the women in the group started to experience these symptoms not long after they were told they were to be grandparents. Although not wanting to give away too much, the Doctor told this reporter that they have found that the protein contained within the gene actually does triggers a change in the gene, called TX2. They have nicknamed it "The Grandma Gene", and are in the process of developing new therapeutic strategies to manage the fascinating changes bought about by this protein."
Isn't that amazing.....Well it would be, if I hadn't made it up! Yes the whole thing.....Made up! Sorry! It's the only way I can explain my symptoms.....Yes I am to be a Grandma and I have experienced thickening of the middle and extra greying of the hair. I am thinking of getting a perm and maybe using Magic Silver White to colour it! My cheeks are plumper and rosier and I have a twinkle in my eye that wasn't previously there.....It's totally fabulous....Annoying that these things are happening, but fabulous.....I have to exercise even harder now and as you know, it's killing me!
I was at Ikea the other day and found myself in the children's section looking at cots and change tables and toys....Where the hell has that come from?.....I don't need to buy any of that! Somehow it made it real to see that baby furniture! I found myself smiling like an imbecile at the sweet little cupboards and beds available.....I just don't do that! No, I have to fight it! I will not do that to my son and daughter-in-law....I am not going to be the Grandma who has everything in my house for when the baby visits! You know, cot, change table, high chair, walker, the latest gadgets for everything, including a high tech intercom system (great idea) so we can hear the baby breathe when it's asleep.....Oh dear, I just said "it"....How awful....It's a girl....I am sure of that! Hang on a minute, I'm getting a bit carried away here.....That's not me!
What is happening to me? Is it the perpetuating of my genes that has turned me into a looney tune old woman before my time.....Is this a basic human reaction? So happy that, at least for another generation, your genes will carry on! We are really weird, aren't we.....Maybe it's the thought of that beautiful little baby and the cuddles that I have missed with my own, I will now be able to appreciate again with my Grandchild.........Maybe it's just the wonder of life.....I cried when my son and his wife told me.....I blubbered like a baby....I surprised myself actually.....Is this how everyone reacts when they find out that they are to become Grandparents?
I have been really strong and hadn't bought a thing until last week in the shopping.....I have seen so many beautiful things but, I thought it would be silly to buy anything, especially not knowing what sex the child is.....I was minding my own business last Wednesday doing the groceries and this object just jumped into my trolley without my knowledge.....You could have knocked me down with a feather when I went through the check-out and found it there......I bought it anyway......It's only a night light in the shape of a little hippo.....What the hell do I want with a night light? Haven't got a clue......It changes colours! Who cares! It's so cute! Don't tell anyone! They will think that I am mad!
Maybe I can put in on for the puppies so they can go out at night.....Yes...that's an idea! Bloody "Grandma Gene"
Hi, At 59 I am just finding my feet in the world...So exciting! I have learnt a lot over the years.....gone from being extremely hard up to living a very comfortable life and loving every single minute of it.......My boys are grown up and living good lives themselves and I am so proud of them.......I have the best husband in the world (most of the time anyway....hahaha) and I have 3 dogs who I just adore and they adore me...... I try to live by my motto ......"Be like the sun....let your warmth shine through always"