This weeks question
How do you explain to your child that Grandpa is now Grandma? Signed Miss Papa’s a Mama.
Man oh man this one is tough, or is it woman oh woman? Person oh person??? What is politically correct these days (I don’t want any group coming after me).
To answer this question more info may be needed. Key factors would need clarification. For example how young are the children? How old is the grandparent? How healthy is the grandparent?
Let’s break this up into different sections because it may be easier to understand and we can get to the middle of the matter (See what I did there? Tee hee, pun intended.).
If the child is young it may be harder for them to grasp the concept that Gramps prefers to be Grams. I would explain to the child that Grandpa is having fun and loves his Halloween costume so much he decided to stay in it. So it’s up to us to make sure the fun continues so we have to play along. So Grandpa’s new name will be (let’s be creative) ummmm – ah-ha, Caitlyn.
As the child grows older and gets a better understanding of what the real deal is you can tell them the truth. By then they would already have the comfort level and accept Caitlyn.
Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Milli Vanilli were all good things that we loved and in time we grew to understand the real deal and accepted the truth. This is no different.
If the child is older, I would make sure the cable bill is paid because fortunately or unfortunately we can sit down and watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Luckily the situation has already made it to mainstream so it would be easy to explain. “Honey, Grandpa Carl is like Caitlyn (ironic how the names are similar but I digress) and we are like the rest of the family.” Then quickly change the subject. Explaining how our family is like the Kardashians may be a question for another column.
If the child is not a child but a teenager, that would be the easiest. “So your Grandfather Carl is now your Grandmother Caitlyn and that is that. Do both of us a favor, go to Walmart, buy some batteries, some Pantene Pro shampoo and some silky stockings and keep it moving and Bring Back My Change!”
If the Grandparent is sickly I would say nothing at all. No reason to – sometimes it’s best to just let things be.
In any of these scenarios about why Miss Papa’s a Mama remember one thing. Everyone started on this planet the same way and we will leave the same way. How we choose to live our lives in the allotted time we are given is what will make us unique.
We all have the right to be happy, He, she, transgender, Kardashian, whomever, we all have the right to be happy so don’t judge. We should all applaud that they truly are proud within themselves to be their true self regardless of ridicule or judgement.
In closing if Caitlyn is happy, I am happy for Caitlyn.
Agree or disagree, it’s up to you. This is just the opinion of your average So n So.
P.S. I see nothing wrong with a Kardashian. In fact they all give us hope. If Rob can have a girlfriend like Chyna, we all can have a chance in this life.