Archive for the 'Gramma Stories' Category
Tags: family, Gramma, Halloween, humor, self esteem, shark costume
When my Gram was in rehab they gave her these foam squares to squeeze to exercise her hands. She spent more time trying to give them away than she did squeezing them because they “made her hands tired.”
I probably should have included in the comic that when I told my Gram that I’m exactly the same size she said, “Oh, that just can’t be true. Were you this big at Halloween?”
Me: “Gram, I’m not big at all!”
Gram: “Bigger than you were, though.”
Me: “I’m the same size!”
Gram: “Oh, no. That can’t be true.”
She’s a riot.
OF COURSE I’m wearing the shark costume again this year. It’s the ONLY way I’m allowed to wear a hood all day at work ;)
Tags: family, Gramma, humor, stuff your bra
Tags: hair fashion, humor, memories, old people, rehab facility, straight bangs, wavy hair
On Tuesday night my Gram hurt her arm. She mysteriously tripped, fell on her back, and hurt her arm in the process. When my Dad and I got to her house, she had stroke-like symptoms and couldn’t walk so we called an ambulance.
After hours in the emergency room, an X-ray, and a CAT scan, it turned out to be a badly fractured shoulder and some wooziness from the shock/pain. I realized that she’s getting pretty old and frail so I should probably con as many stories out of her as possible. Why? Because if it didn’t happen in the last week, and doesn’t have to do with the weather, then it “didn’t happen” and she doesn’t “know anything about that.”
Yesterday she was moved into a rehab facility so she can learn how to do things with one arm, the other being in a sling. I’ve already visited her a couple of times to keep her company, make sure she’s adjusting ok, and let her know (again) that she’s only staying for a week. Not forever like she’s afraid of!
And lo and behold, she shared some memories! Coming from the woman who doesn’t “know anything about WW2″ because it “didn’t affect her,” this was a huge deal! (She worked for the telephone company during WW2 and they sent her to California for 6 months to help with the war effort. And while she was there, she got to ride a ferry. End of story.)
And now I’m going to share one with you!
“When I was a girl I had straight hair all around. In the front, on the sides, in the back. And straight bangs over my forehead. I hated it! Lorraine (younger sister), she always had wavy hair. It was beautiful. And Pauline (older sister) liked hers short in a boy’s cut. She always had a boy’s cut, she loved ‘em… yuck. But mine was straight as a pin! I would go to bed with curlers in, and the next day, in the rain, all the curls would fall right out! People would laugh at me, but I didn’t care. I didn’t like it straight.”
The real trick is that you can’t ASK for her to share something, you kind of just have to wait for it to happen. And usually it doesn’t. But I’m always glad when I can catch a snippet here or there.
What sorts of quirky habits do your grandparents have?
Tags: family, gramma quotes, gramma stories, humor
My Gram has said some funny things to me over the years.
“Stop eating. Unless you want to be fat.”
“I like it when you dress like a girl.”
“I think they’re looking for waitresses at that new place down town. You’re probably qualified for that.”
These are a few of the more recent ones. With pictures!
On that last one, when I said, “What? What do you mean?” She shrugged and said she didn’t really know.