Urban dictionary defines “granny lust” as… wait… urban dictionary doesn’t have an entry for granny lust. OK, well, a google search reveals that “granny lust” is an expression that means…
Oh my god! For the love of all that is holy, that is… just… just don’t do that search! I need to clean my eyeballs with bleach now please.
OK, apparently I am the only person who uses the expression granny lust to mean something other than a preference for older ladies who can still fit too many… um… in their… um…
Fine, then, Pam-a-rama ding dong defines “granny lust” as the strong desire to have a grandbaby. Similar to baby lust (the desire to have a baby), but without actually wanting to, you know, have a baby.
Here’s what’s been happening. A bunch of my contemporaries are procreating. I’m 40. We should be done with that malarkey by now, no? But apparently no, because two of my college friends and one grad school friend have had kiddos in the past year or so. Their older kids were old enough to be in the sweet zone. The no longer diapers/not yet drugs sweet zone.
Why would they mess with that little slice of heaven by popping out a new one?
Well, I know why. It’s happening to me too. My twins are six. I’m thrilled with their current stage. Six is magical. They can do things on their own. Their minds are amusing and fascinating and wonderful. They still believe in Santa and the tooth fairy, but are old enough to ask logical questions about it, or make up elaborate scenarios to justify their continued belief in the face of logistic breakdown. They are amazing right now, and I could not love them more.
But then I see a one-year-old—that uneven toddle, a pretzel-crumbed mouth or sparkly-eyed giggle, the way they race headlong, letting inertia carry them while their legs struggle to keep up. Or god forbid I smell a newborn baby head. I can literally feel my ovaries popping out four eggs. OK, not literally-literally. But there is truly a physical sensation in my lower abdomen when I huff a baby head.
But I don’t want another baby.
That thing about popping out four eggs? I’m not kidding about that shit. I had spontaneous twins, which means I didn’t do fertility or anything. I just popped out two eggs instead of one. Oops.
My body was all, oh, you’re not using these things? OK, then I’ll just dump em all out en masse before they go bad. Like making omelets for dinner when the eggs get too close to expiring. Except instead of omelets, it’s a litter of children suddenly jockeying for space with my bladder and winning, stretching my skin beyond repair, and making a comfy, smushy hammock out of my pelvic floor.
Honestly, if I thought I could have one baby, I might be tempted. But faced with the knowledge that my body is throwing eggs like a
kid on Mischief Night, hell to the no.
So instead, I have decided to interpret my desire for a baby as, not baby lust, but granny lust. If I had lived in another time in history, or if the wrong condom had broken back in the day, I could have a twenty-year-old kid right now. Instead, I waited until I was done with grad school and had my babies at age 34.
But my body doesn’t know that.
It’s starting the elaborate shut down of the hormone factory, if my erratic use of the thermostat and general bitchiness are any indication. My body thinks I’m almost ready to be a grandmother. It doesn’t know my kids are only six.
So I guess I’ll have to settle for being the crazy auntie for now. Now someone bring me a baby to sniff. I need a fix.