A few months ago, a curious thing happened, quite accidentally. On Facebook, I posted a picture of this wooden plaque:


“Going viral” no longer meant a bout with the flu. That one FB post had 99,000 shares and reached over 7 million FB users, brought in hundreds of likes on my author page, plus I have received more reader e-mail asking where I got that plaque than I’ve ever gotten with my books! (What’s up with that?!)

Clearly, this cool grandmother thing definitely resonated with other grammies. And I’m thrilled about it! So pleased that I am going to start a weekly (more or less) feature called “Thoroughly Modern Mimis.” I’ll ask guest bloggers for their best grandparenting advice, ideas to share, books to suggest, dilemmas to work out, and funny stories about their grandchildren.

I hope you’ll chime in with things you’d like to know more about, or people you’d like to hear from, or wisdom you’d like to share. Grandmothering is a wonderful new role in a woman’s life . . . and most of you will be there one day, if you aren’t there already.

I’ll get it started…

I became a mimi four years ago, when I had just turned 51. A young mimi! And oh so cool, naturally. I’m called “Mimi” because that was my grandmother’s name, and it just feels right. Today, I have three grandchildren now–Blake, age 4, Kaitlyn, age 2, and Reagan, 5 months.

Okay . . . your turn. How many grandchildren? What are their ages? What do they call you? And why?

Comment below and enter the Rafflecopter for the chance to win the wood plaque that started it all. A big thanks to Angela of Stick with Me Vinyls who will be making the block. If you go by a name other than mimi, Angela can change that out for you. Visit Angela’s Etsy shop to browse her adorable products and like her on Facebook to stay updated on her latest products! Winner will be announced next week.

Looking forward to your answers!

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