Would You Rent a Nana?
Rent-A-Grandma promises ” mature women over 50 years of age.” Grandmas can be hired as a:
- Nanny (OK, I can see this working)
- Household Maintenance Staff (Not sure about this)
- Large Estate Management Staff (or this)
- Chef (Definitely don’t want this job)
- Personal Assistant (Maybe)
- Pet Sitter (Depends on the pet. No way is this Nana babysitting a boa constrictor)
- Elderly Caretaker (I thought this was Rent a Grandma, not Rent a nurse?)
- Party Helper (What kind of parties? How often and who cleans up?)
I’m not sure how well the president of this company knows nanas. He said, “Women in their 50’s don’t text or tweet while they’re watching your kids.” (Obviously they haven’t met many modern nanas)
Rent-A-Grandma’s website promotes the grandmotherly image with a list of folk remedies for insomnia, toothaches, pink eye and other ailments, as well as tweeting sayings and advice from grandma. Most recently grandma tweeted, “Growing older is merely a matter of feeling your corns rather than feeling your oats.”
I can’t help it. After reading this and visiting their website I felt like I had been stereo-typed and I didn’t like it. The grandmother they describe was more like “my” grandmother. Today’s grandmother is not always the “stay home and knit while I bake a batch of homemade cookies” type of nana.
Right now this company is only in California but it may expand and become a national chain.
If you are interested in renting yours truly please call for an appointment several months in advance and don’t expect me to clean or cook. If I want to do that I can stay home!