Way back in 2003, Donne (pronounced Donnie) Davis got a special invitation. Her pregnant daughter invited her to be present in the delivery room. When Donne tells the story of seeing her granddaughter emerge into the world from the body of the woman she herself had birthed, her eyes still glisten and her voice trembles.
“All I can say is I went GaGa!” Almost right away she wondered, “What are other grandmothers’ experiences?”
She invited some grandmothers to come to her house, and soon the GaGa Sisterhood began to meet regularly. Now they do monthly meetings online and have two locations, one in Silicon Valley and another in New Jersey, for in-person meetings, when Covid permits. They also have a wide following on Zoom each month for conversations with authors and other experts.
I found Donne and the Sisterhood on Instagram when I was doing research on resources for grandparents.
She was about to interview Bertha Gorman, the grandmother of the amazing Amanda Gorman, poet laureate. I was so impressed by this connection that I signed up to participate in the MeetUp call. After that, I signed up for another, and now I am a full-fledged member of the GaGa Sisterhood.
Recently, I got to talk with Donne, probing her about how grandparenting has changed and what she has learned from listening to so many experts and hundreds of “regular” grandmas all over the country.
I hope you enjoy part or all of this interview. Maybe you will want to join the GaGa Sisterhood yourself. If not, you can participate in one of the purposes of the sisterhood.
Their tagline, after all, is “bond, brag, and benefit.”
If you are reading these words, you likely have already bonded with this blog to at least some degree. But have you bragged lately? About your grandchildren or about other children you care for if you aren’t a grandparent? We readers would benefit, I’m sure. Share something a favorite child in your life has done. You don’t have to be “gaga,” but if you are, we will understand. 🙂