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Posted on November 3, 2022 by Christine Crosby in fitness, grandkids, grandmother, Granny, travel

The Granny Who Stands On Her Head

The Granny Who Stands On Her Head


Somewhere in the middle of my seventies, I realized that I liked being old.

Now that I am 80, I feel this with even greater certainty. I love the stronger relationships with friends and family that come with age. I also love the much-increased confidence and the sense of growing into ourselves – and liking ourselves ­– ­that is almost always part of the package.

And, of course, I love being a grandmother, as the grandmother-grandchild relationship is incredibly special.

I found myself feeling so strongly about all these issues that, being a writer already, I wrote a book about it: The Granny Who Stands on her Head: Reflections on Growing Older. This offers a serious exploration of many both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ aspects of growing older but comes down, without any doubt, to a very positive view.

Since GRAND is about being a grandparent, let me illustrate the pleasure of this status with one story.

I have been involved with my two grandsons since they were first born – and was the first person to hold the older one when he first emerged via caesarean section from the womb.

But a few weeks ago, I took the younger grandson away for five days to Paris for the first time. This is not far, as we live in London.


I became, for the first time in many years, a true tourist. We went to the Eiffel Tower; we walked around Notre Dame which is still in the process of being restored and we floated down the Seine on a Bateau Mouche (the riverboat for tourists).

We ate croissants and delicious ice cream. We had leisurely walks where we could talk and explore ideas. It was such a joy to take all this in through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy.

I do recommend taking a trip alone with a grandchild. There is such mutual benefit.

I know he will remember this trip for the rest of his life.  And so, will I.

And yes, I do stand on my head, which can be viewed here.


Read more in GRAND from Ann Richardson here

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Ann Richardson writes articles on all sorts of subjects. Her most recent book, The Granny Who Stands on her Head, comprises a series of reflections on growing older and is partly a memoir. She has written numerous other books, including Celebrating Grandmothers. Born in the United States, Ann lives with her husband in London. Learn more about Ann here.


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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