The power (and challenge) of a “grand” love

Thanks to…

Even more snow which drove me indoors and…

the changing landscape of our media system which is creating meaningful roles in movies for older adults and…

attention on a growing intergenerational and social phenomenon, grandparents raising grandchildren,

I was able to enjoy two movies last week.

In Black or White, we become witnesses to the love and the challenges of Eloise’s family. Eloise (played by Jillian Estell) went to live with her maternal grandparents as an infant, after her mother’s death. Now, several years later, her grandmother dies. Her paternal grandmother (played by Octavia Spenser) takes her maternal grandfather (played by Kevin Costner) to court for custody. The storyline is rich and gives a peek into the lives of many grand-families, grandparents raising grandchildren, as well as into race relations in America.

What happens when an estranged son has to serve time in jail and has no one to take care of his precious daughter? One option… bring her home to dad. But what if Dad isn’t so sure? Would a good friend step in to help? And such is the story of And So It Goes, starring Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton and Sterling Jerins as the little girl. Much lighter than Black or White, it does provide another glimpse into the world of grand-families and the rich relationships of “rela-friends,” friends who are as close as relatives.

Donna M. Butts, the Executive Director of Generations United, the national organization dedicated to intergenerational issues, spotlights Black or White to shed light on issues facing grand-families.

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