Grandma, You’re a Badass!

By Margo Peyton

Three generations of the Danks family relish a forever memorable experience. Photo: Kids Sea Camp

There is something special about this generation of grandparents.A They are adventure-spirited, filled with wisdom, A and enjoy outdoor fun with their grandkids.A We looked to our parents when we were young children, trying to navigate the style “of the worlds”: learning how to ride a bike, drive a car with a manual change, afancy dancea for a prom, cook something more than mac-n-cheese out of a box, affiliation our first tie, or braid our own hair.A I even remember learning to whistleA from my dad( but I learned to carry a tune from my mama !) A Somewhere along the line, we move on and somehow we think we have figured it all out and somehow passed our mothers along the way.

The old Harry Chapin song CatasA inA theA Cradle is necessary to mind. Todayas kids out type us, out tech us, out browse us.A They are in a world where making appointments is done without talking to anyone, taking class is done online withoutA a teacher.A Football has become bigger in fantasyA than on a field.A( I recently heard an NFL football player saying on a radio show that he was sad the team he played for had lost the game, but that the quarterback he played against was on his fantasy squad, and it was doing really well, so it was a good loss for him .) World athletics include drone racing and robot wars.A Kids donat need to go to a mall or a grocery store or even a library anymore; they can do it all online.A No need to meet people in person, there is the new talking, called texting.A No need to go visit grandma and granddad, only skype them and sing happy birthday, or show them your new puppy.A Where am I going with this? The current generation of grannies and granddads are the coolest ever! They inspire me and attain me look forwardA to following in their footsteps.A They are letting their hair be grey; they are fit and taking care of themselves both mentally and physically. They stroll their dogs, ride their bikes, still dance and sing, they read newspaper books, and they take their grandkids scuba diving!

They take vacations and they travel.A They savor new foods, satisfy new people, and travelling in style. Moreover, they enjoy their kids and grandkids.A They make time for being together and having fun.A They are cool grandparents( according to their grandkids) and they are teaching their adult kids the importance of disconnectingA from their virtual worlds and reconnecting to each other.A Kids grow fast. You have seventeen summers with them.A Seventeen summertimes to construct memories and impact their lives with somethingA meaningful.A How can you be more fun than a video game or depict their attention with real terms , not in a text message? A Show them something they canat record for later.A Give them zero gravitation, blowing bubbles, new sights, new sounds, a new world to explore.A ItasA almost as good as taking them to outer space.A There are aliens and sharks and blue holes and sunken wrecks; night dives and scooter dives, flora dives, muck dives, and float dives.A Diving entails endless escapades that are so coolaand even cooler when you tell your friends that youare doing it all with your grandparents this summer.

Carol Danks reaches dive 600, an inspring miletsone for her grandchildren. PhotoL Kids Sea Camp

EngagingA Them

One of my clients, Carol Danks, recently told me thatA after she surfaced from her 600 th diveawhich she celebrated in Cayman Brac with her four adult children and three grandchildrenathat her granddaughter, who was walking on the dock on the way back to the dive shop with her, A looked up at her full of pride and said, A aGrandma, youare a Bad AssA Grandma! aA Carol confided in me, aMargo, I didnat know what to say! I was shocked at first, because I didnat know quite how to take that, and then my granddaughter said, aGrandma, thatas a good thing! aaA

I have enjoyed diving with many grandparent/ grandchild groups this past year, and I have made a point of asking every grandparent what was so special about scuba diving that built them choose a dive vacation over other options.A Each and every one of them said something along the lines of, aBecause it gets their heads out of their phones and engaging in life, and spending quality day having fun with us.A They are not texting or watching videos. They are not even thinking about it.A There are right here living in the moment and happy to be doing just that.A They love scuba diving and they think itas so cool that we old people do, too.a

I hear over and over, this is the best vacation ever.A I have grandparents still diving with me and well into their upper 70 as. Not merely are they creating memories to last a lifetime, but they also are passing the torch to the next generation of divers. They are leading by example and instilling good habits in younger divers.A Experience, love, and period is shared between family members who dive together. It helps to lessen fears, construct character, and reinforce bonds.

No matter what is going on in their familyas lives, kids and grandkids are always aroused to figure out the time for that family scuba vacation.A Time is what is most important in life.A Itas the one thing that we have less and less of as we age, so what we decide to do with our time becomes an important decision.A Itas worth attaining time to create memories to last a lifetime.A Material things are no longer the most important anymoreatime with household is.A Diving is one of the few adventures left in this world that we can continue to do easily as we age and allows us to have with great fun together as a family. Diving with grandmother and granddad does their own families good!

My children are all grown up now, 22 and 25. A I do imagine myself twenty years from now in my 70 as, hopefullyA diving with my grandkids, too. I want to be a BadassA Grandma some day!

MargoA Peyton is the founder of Kids Sea Camp and Family Dive Adventures, recipient of the DEMA Reaching Out Award, Woman Divers Hall of Famer, and the PADI Award of Excellence in training and education, with over 6,000 certified kids and zero dive accidents! A For more: www.familydivers.com

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