Grilled Grandma: Vonda

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 Vonda:

How many children do you have? I have 5 kids.

How many grandchildren? What are their ages? I have 11 grandkids, ages 14, 12, 11, 8, 6, 5, 4, 4, 2, 2 & one lives in Heaven.

Any great grandchildren? Not yet.

What do your grandchildren call you? Just grama, I'm the pajama grama cause I get everyone their favorite cartoon pj's for Christmas.

How often do you get to see your grandchildren? Not enough! 4 about weekly, 6 about 2-3 times a year.

Beyond the initial elation, what most concerned you upon hearing you'd soon be a grandma? That I wouldn't get to see them often enough.

What is the best thing about being a grandma? I don't have to say no! (It bugs their parents but I love it!)

What is the most challenging part of being a grandma? Keeping my mouth shut when I'd really like to 'express' my opinion.

Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud.  When the 5 year old was teaching me how to put lipstick on & she said I could put 1 color on top lip & a different one on the bottom lip.

What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house? To see how they love it when I have a new coloring book & new box of crayons & we color together.

What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house? Have them show me stuff they are doing.

How do you maintain the bond between yourself and your grandchildren between visits? Computer.

What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren? I hope they will grow up being non judgemental & have good self esteem.

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

What is one thing you wish you had learned earlier as a grandparent? I think I would try harder to be involved in their lives through letters, internet and traveling.

What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma? Just smile at the parents when you wish you could scream at them. :)

Do you have a website or blog? I just started one called Innocent & Mischievous: Grandma Style.

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!