Groovy grandma enjoys technology and planking

SHIRLEY Fourro loves the roar of a V8 engine.

She is a revhead, who has spun the wheels of her car and has a three-wheeler in the backyard.

You won't find this hip grandma at bingo - instead she is giving her grandkids a ride on the four-wheeler or planking.

Yes, she planks.

But don't fret, it wasn't anywhere dangerous - just on the large crocodile at Mulherin Park at the Mackay Harbour.

"It was a joke; we were out at the harbour for one of the kids' birthdays and all the kids were planking. They said 'come plank with us grandma', I asked 'what the hell's that?'

"So I did, on the table and crocodile," she laughed.

Mrs Fourro said the stereotype of grandparents had evolved. She said no longer were they seen as old and distant but an active part of the family unit.

"My grandma was one of the old-school grandmas, who we saw twice a year.

"When she came into town, mum and dad would call all us kids in and we would line up and she would say a couple of words to us.

"Then we had to go outside and play.

"And I did not want to be like that with my grandkids. My grandkids feel as comfortable here as they do at home.

"They call me Mumma, because they couldn't say grandma."

Mrs Fourro has eight grandchildren and couldn't wait to be a grandmother. At 15, she had her first child and before she was 40, she became a grandma.

"I was young when I had my kids. I was going on 38 or 39 and I remember saying 'can one of you kids make me a grandmother before I am 40'," she laughed.

 

TECHNO SAVVY

SHIRLEY Fourro feels more confident as a grandma.

She says she has more patience now than when she was a mother.

"I think grandparents today are younger and active, some grandparents may go bowling or do old people things, but I am young at heart."

But while being tech-savvy, with her Facebook profile and iPad, Mrs Fourro has taught her grandkids to play old-fashioned card games.

Their favourite is Rummy King and most Friday nights, Mrs Fourro can be found with her grandkids around the kitchen table.

"You have to learn about technology so you have something to talk to your grandkids about. If you don't learn this you will get left behind."



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