Grilled Grandma: Lorinda

How many children do you have? Two sons. Oldest one in the Air Force stationed in Germany, youngest one here in Texas with us.

How many grandchildren? What are their ages? Four last count, but keep thinking five (some timers). The two oldest are step but grands the same, both boys, 15 and 14; then their sister who is five, (all) by the youngest son. One boy, two, by the oldest son.

Any great grandchildren? Not yet

What do your grandchildren call you? Grams or Gram

After the initial elation, what was your first concern upon hearing you would soon be a grandmother? No concerns, just happy happy joy joy.

How often do you get to see your grandchildren? Not often enough. About once a year.

What is the best thing about being a grandma? I get to send them home after I have spoiled them rotten.

What is the most challenging part of being a grandma? Being so far away from them.

Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud. The youngest on his last visit, helping fill his wading pool and taking the hose to his dad.

What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house? Take them to the zoos.

What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house? Run around Europe with youngest and show him the things we did with his daddy, who grew up in Germany. And cuddles. Just spending cuddle time with the ones in Washington before they are too big and no longer want cuddles.

How do you maintain the bond between yourself and your grandchildren between visits? Skype video phone LOTS!

What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren? Enjoy life, it goes by quickly.

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

What is one thing you wish you had learned earlier as a grandparent? Have not run across anything yet.

What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma? Enjoy them while they are little. They grow up quicker than you think.

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