I first saw the word “gramma” written in 1971 during the summer I spent working as a Mother’s Helper in Chappaqua, New York. I was so far away from home, and I had been gone for so long that my mother’s mother wrote me several letters signed “Gramma.”
My grandmother left school after eighth grade, and it’s likely that she would have been embarrassed if anyone had suggested that she misspelled the affectionate title used by her twenty-six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. I didn’t suggest it. I didn’t even think it. From the first instant I saw her signature, I knew that Gramma spelled it like it is. To this day “grandma” looks just a bit pretentious to me. I would say it sounds pretentious too, but I’ve never heard anyone actually pronounce the “grand” when the word is used in speech.
I named this blog, in part, to honor a woman so beloved by her five daughters that they all chose to live within walking distance of their mother. Gramma was the center of our family universe until the day she died and caused our little world to shift dramatically. It has been over thirty-six years since that day in September, but there are tears in my eyes as I remember it.
As far as I know, Gramma never taught children in Sunday School, and I would be greatly surprised to discover that she ever participated in a discussion of the Bible as a member of a class. Gramma fulfilled the calling described in Titus 2:3-5 simply by loving her family in a way that continues to influence us through four generations. But this page on the web is not about her. I used the plural possessive in Grammas’ Guide to the Universe because I want to create a space to collect wisdom distilled from the lives of women who love the Lord with heart, soul, and mind.
For those of you who fear that I want to return to the good old days of Leave It to Beaver and Father Knows Best, I state unequivocally that I praise God because, after generations of artificial restrictions, our laws and our culture finally allow women the freedom to choose any career. God’s original declaration that it is not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:19) shows clearly that He wants men and women to work side by side. However, while I rejoice in our just liberation, I stand firmly on the foundation of our Creator’s ultimate design and purpose for women, which also shows clearly in Genesis 2:19.
I have asked the Lord use Grammas’ Guide to the Universe to connect spiritual sisters who want to explore the high and holy calling that He has issued to His daughters in the twenty-first century regardless of age, occupation, or marital status.