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    Introducing Grilled Grandma Merci

    What is a Grilled Grandma? A Grilled Grandma is a grandma whom I've grilled with some grandma-related questions, and she's graciously responded with answers and photos. Here is Grilled Grandma Merci:

    How many children do you have? 1 daughter and 1 son.

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages? 2 - a girl, 5, and a boy, soon to be 2.

    Any great grandchildren? No

    What do your grandchildren call you? Nunna (Maltese for Grandma)

    After the initial elation, what was your first concern upon hearing you would soon be a grandmother? The concern of the baby's health.

    How often do you get to see your grandchildren? 2-3 times a week

    What is the best thing about being a grandma? Getting to watch every move they make with joy and pleasure, and knowing I am no longer the disciplinarian, I am the grandmother who gets to spoil them and send them home.

    What is the most challenging part of being a grandma? Taking the back seat in how the children are being raised. Opinion is not always welcomed, especially since the mother is my daughter-in-law and not my daughter.

    Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud. When Sophie dresses up like Lady Gaga and sings her songs, and Christian plays under the kitchen table, like he is on the monkey cute. Laughing out loud happens more often than not, the kids are so entertaining.

    What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house? I love to take them to our favorite ice cream place, Frosty's, and ask Sophie if she want rainbow sprinkles on her ice cream, and she always says, no I want colored sprinkles. We laugh. And it never fails, Sophie eats only the top with the sprinkles and Christian devours the whole thing.

    What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house? Watching Sophie play dress up, with all her customs, also we go through all her books. Sophie has a chair in her room that she turns over and they both slide down the back, they love to entertain me.

    How do you maintain the bond between yourself and your grandchildren between visits? If I don't see them in a couple of days, which sometimes happens with our schedules, I call Sophie. The younger one is to young for the telephone.

    What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren? That family is the most important people you can have in your life and having a grandmother is a blessing from God.

    What is one word you hope your grandkids think of when they think of you? Love

    What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma? Be the best Grandma you can and kiss, kiss,kiss them when ever you get a chance, or they let you...there is nothing like being a grandma.

    Do you have a website or blog? What is it about? Groovin Moms — that baby boomers are not your regular grandmas.

    This grilling will now be permanently placed in the Grilled Grandmas Hall of Fame—AKA the Grilled Grandma Archives—under, fittingly, Grilled Grandma: Merci.

    Dear Readers: If you'd like to nominate a grandma for grilling—yourself or any other grandma—please e-mail me her first name and e-mail address and I'll take care of the rest. Thank you!

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    Reader Comments (4)

    Hi Nunna,

    Wow, many comments in your grilling resonated with me. I'm a 'local' Grandmother with a Lady Gaga wannabe and a Christian, too! Yes, so much fun to watch the performances.

    Love your adorable pics. Nothing better than a prince and a princess:)

    I'll definitely check out your blog. Was great to 'meet' you!

    April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    Hey there, Merci! How fortunate you are to have both a girl and a boy grandchild close enough to see so frequently. And they are so beautiful, too. Aren't grandchildren fun? And, I'm sure they think you are great.

    Nice to "meet" you all; enjoy your day as "Grilled Grandma" of the day...and thank you for sharing.

    April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Hi Nunna!

    Welcome to "Grilled Grandmas!" You are so lucky to be able to spend so much time with your adorable grandchildren. I love the photos of them and your answers to Lisa's questions.

    April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat

    I might add that Merci (Nunna) is one of the youngest looking grandmas! The grandchildren are blessings and likewise grandmas are blessings too and hold a very special place in the lives and hearts of children. My oldest son was so close with my now deceased mother. To this day, he misses her terribly and he remembers all of the wonderful things that she did with him.
    I have no grandchildren as of yet, but someday hope that this wonderful blessing will be bestowed upon me as well. Grandmas help to form these precious children and they are invaluable because they have WISDOM.

    April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane
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