So this is my Grandma and me.
Okay, not everyone out there is as fortunate as I am, and I know that! I am truly blessed! My grandmother is 100 years old, and she wrote a book at 93! How many people can say that they’ve got either one of those!?!? 100 year old Grandma, or one that’s written a book? Well my Grandma is pretty special… one of a kind! She not only started the practice of testing hearing in children at birth in the 1960′s and 70′s, when no one believe that newborn screening was important, and has a foundation in her name to help the hearing impaired, but she was quite a pistol in her day! She played tennis until she was 95, and skied well into her 90′s! But the crazy thing was realizing that after I opened Kama Sutra Closet, which is now Trystology, I felt that she had written the X-Rated chapter in her book, Shut Up and Live, You Know How… just for me, and to support my business!
Okay, she didn’t… but it was fun to think about.
So I was sitting with my grandmother and father the other day, and we were talking about her book. I said she started out the X-Rated chapter, called x-rated sex, with “All hail the orgasm” and she thought it was “Praise be to the orgasm.” I decided to download the book and read it with her… That’s the cool thing about having an iPad and iBooks!
So here’s the deal! Of course she was right! Her first paragraph is so great, I’m going to quote it here:
“Let us now praise the orgasm. Despised, kept secret, branded a dirty word, it is now coming into its own. Let us sing of it, extol it, rejoice in it, and burn incense in its honor. Without it, you and I would not be here, so why not glory in it?” Marion Downs, Shut up and Live, You Know How
So, rad, right? That’s my Grandma!
Here’s the thing… if a 93 year old feels compelled to write a book and include x-rated sex in it, and she’s praising the orgasm… that’s pretty big, right? So many of us can’t talk about sex, let alone praise an orgasm, and here she was, writing a book and making sure she included it as a chapter in her book. She’s very careful to say, though, that if this “offends your sensibilities, please read no more.” At 100, she still doesn’t back away from her beliefs in this.
One of my favorite quotes from her book is this:
“Imagine, then, how delighted I was to read in the Harvard report on aging that the more orgasms one had, the longer one ‘s life could be. A contribution to longevity? What a happy thought! And even further joy, the article stated that it matters not whether the orgasm is achieved with a partner, or without.”
Doesn’t that sound like she’s endorsing solo play, as well as partner play? I love that! and as a 100 year old woman, I think she’s got some advice that we can all abide by! Her book is focused on so much more than her x-rated sex chapter… filled with how to keep active and strong into your 90′s and such… so it’s really worth a read, and given as a gift to anyone you think is old before their years. She sure can make anyone feel like they need to “get up and go!”
We are going to be getting the book in the store shortly, but until then, don’t hesitate to download it from iTunes! Only $5.99!
For other reading, don’t hesitate to go to www.trystology.com