Last week my paternal grandmother passed away. She was the grandparent to whom I always felt most close. Between Fritz and I, she was the last of our grandparents.
My Minnesotan aunt called it a Generational Shift. I do feel there is something significant about being at this point. I am no longer anyone's granddaughter. My parents seem a little less like The Parents and a little more like The Grandparents. I've been a mother for eight years, but now the idea of myself as mother feels heavier and more serious than before. I'm the one who now moves into the position of looking after her own children; but also keeping an eye on my own parents.