I'm a baby boomer, which means that I also belong to that generation that Tom Wolfe famously labeled the "Me Generation." Some observers claim that we are continuing our narcissistic ways as we enter grandparenthood. Karin Kasdin over at HuffPost50 says that the generation that considered themselves the "hippest, coolest, savviest, most attractive group of go-getters to ever grace the earth" now consider themselves the most awesome grandparents. And she disagrees, pointing out that our grandparents did some pretty cool things themselves.
Kasdin makes some valid points, although I wish she hadn't relied so heavily on celebrities for her examples. The existence of a Grandma Moses doesn't mean that all grandmothers are going to unearth new talents in our seventies, just as the existence of a Goldie Hawn does not mean that all grandmothers can have thin thighs.
Although Kasdin sends up the stereotype, my grandmothers did wear housedresses and orthopedic shoes. My grandparent friends and I agree: We are different from our own grandparents. Notice that I didn't say we're better, just different. And that doesn't mean that we didn't love our grandparents dearly, because we did. But my friends and I are more involved in our grandchildren's lives. We're more focused on staying active, both physically and mentally. We're (statistically speaking) going to be around longer.
Maybe at one time we deserved to be called the Me Generation. Now we're the Mimi Generation--Mimis and Nanas and Granddaddies and Poppas. And we love it.