OK, we're being forced to eat our
words. We said that "high school
and college students will be given
priority over grandmas, since grandmas,
after all, are supposed to be good."
what if just being a granny is rebellious?
Catherine Fournier is one such 48-year-old
grandmother of two, aged 4 years
and 18 months. Their mother is 28
- "meaning yes, I rebelled
against modern society and got married
at 18 and had my first child just
18 days past my 20th birthday. My
friends all have 'tweens and teens,
and I'm a gramma!"
concedes that she may also be a
rebel simply by the sheer number
of children they have--"who
has six kids these days?"--but
others admire Catherine (and husband
Peter) for their loving natures.
The Fourniers have two children
with mental illnesses and incredibly,
have actually had people recommend
that they "dump them"
(when the kids, undiagnosed, were
self-medicating with alcohol) to
the other four children. They refused
to give up on their kids and kept
the doors open. One now has a good
job and is living on their own;
the other just enrolled
in night school.
the Fourniers are about to celebrate
their 30th wedding anniversary this
August, they also fly in the face
of conventional wisdom that no one
can stay committed to the same person
our wise, hip granny: "All
that piece of bad advice reveals
is that people are afraid of having
someone to get to know THEM that
you'd like to congratulate the Fourniers
on their 30th, you can write to
them via email@example.com
you would like to nominate a Rebel—including
yourself—please submit a short
personal profile and what you are
rebelling against here. There is no age limit, but high
school and college students will
be given priority over grandmas,
since grandmas, after all, are supposed
to be good.