Earlier this week in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon exhibit opened, and it runs through February 2, 2014. At the helm is grandmother Paola Gianturco, whose work — profiles of 120 activist grandmothers spanning 5 continents and 15 countries — is the foundation of this unique and inspirational exhibition.
According to the museum’s write-up, today’s grandmothers are “younger, healthier, better educated, and better off than they have ever been. They are energetic and effective and they are modeling important lessons of collaboration, generosity, patience, perseverance and resilience.” Not to mention there are more of them around the world, thanks to blossoming longevity rates.
Grandparents and grandchildren often have a special bond, a close connection that sometimes parents envy. It is fitting, then, for these grandmothers to be making a difference that hopefully translates to a better future for their grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and others to follow.
May the grandmother power movement inspire all of us, whether biological or adoptive grandparents and grandchildren, to use our energy and experiences for the good of others.
Dig deeper: check out our posts on all things intergenerational. Also, review our Grandparents and Intergenerational Activities Resource Guide.