‘Over the river and through the woods, to grandmothers house we go’ is almost certainly a popular refrain in the Judd household. Except instead of a river Wynonna Judd’s children — Elijah, 13, and Grace, turning 12 next month — need only to climb a hill in order to reach their ‘Mawmaw,’ country singer Naomi Judd. Having her grandchildren so close by has its benefits, Naomi recently noted.
They know where the key is hidden. The other day, Elijah and Grace came over on their four-wheelers through the woods, and I was almost late to the airport because I stopped to make them hot chocolate. It’s that moment where you’re completely present with them…When I got to the airport, I was almost late. The guy there knows me, and said, ‘You have never been late in 20 years.’ And I said, ‘Life is more important than show business.’
Speaking of, from the sound of it, anyone holding out hope that Elijah and Grace will carry on the family tradition of a career in the entertainment industry is in for a disappointment. When asked if she foresees a career in show business for her grandchildren, Naomi, 62, answered "absolutely not." She added,
No, not in today’s culture. The culture is superficial and celebrities get rewarded for bad behavior. Our culture needs heroes and sheroes.
Elijah and Grace are Wynonna’s children with ex-husband Arch Kelley III.