When we were little most grandmas were basically slaves; but the happy kind, the part-of-the-family kind of slaves.The parents had to work, and the Communist after-school program was considered only if there was no grandma available. So, babicka would pick children up from school, drop them off at the ballet or a piano class, wait until it is over and walk them back home (most of them did not have a driving license). Since a lot of grandmas lived with the immediate family, they would also make lunches and sometimes even dinner….and clean up and fold the laundry.
And if we were sick? Grandma is here! In my case I would either go to my dad’s parents who lived in Tabor (that would have to be a longer-term sickness, like chicken pox for example) or the other grandma would watch me at home.
Babicka Lia who lived with us would always make all of the Christmas cookies and birthday cakes. She was a wonderful cook. Babicka Kaja, who lived in Tabor, was more of a brainiac so she would teach us things: how to knit, how to speak (some) French, history, Czech language…And she was a wonderful cook as well!
Basically, my generation would spend A LOT of time with babickas.
Well, the times are changing. Nowadays,according to the study, grandparents seem to be more independent. They want to help and spend time with their grandchildren but on their own terms. Why? Czech seniors have more hobbies and do more activities than in the past. Many of them do well financially to pay for these hobbies. I even found out that most countries have some kind of Miss Grandma beauty competition where they prance around in their bikinis, for goodness sake!
I personally don’t necessarily think this change is bad. When grandparents used to be so tightly bound in the family, family tension and drama seemed almost inevitable. Many times there were strings attached to the “I-would-do-anything-for-you” attitude which did not create a healthy atmosphere in the family circle.
What do you think? What was your experience?
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