She Had A Sense Of Humor
My maternal grandmother from my childhood seemed strict and without
humor. She attended a Baptist church in CT. and raised her four children
as Baptists. She was about 5’4” tall and around one hundred pounds.
When I was in my late twenties, I spent several weeks with my grandmother
in Florida where she spent part of the winter. I discovered she actually had
a sense of humor.
Every morning for breakfast she’d have prunes, several cups of coffee, and
Mylanta. She would chase bubbles in her coffee with a spoon, thinking it
was good luck if she caught them before they popped. Then she’d
“hurry” (meaning shuffle) to the bathroom saying, “My back teeth are
floating.” Perish the thought she might start laughing at that point.
We’d walk every day to the beach, which was two blocks from where we
stayed. It took at least twenty minutes one way. My grandmother, who had
a hip replaced, walked reeeaaallyy slowly. I had to relearn how to walk,
doing circles around her and walking backwards. I learned patience. When
we’d arrive at the beach, we’d sit on a bench on the sand. She never ventured
into the water, for fear of being swept away. We sat there for half an hour.
This was the reason for her year round tan.
My grandmother liked certain television shows. In Florida there was a TV
room where guests gathered to watch TV. The show M.A.S.H. came on
around eight in the evening and my grandmother enjoyed it. I would
accompany her to the TV room where she’d find a chair, and after a few
minutes I’d leave for forty five minutes and give her time to watch the show.
I would return in time to see the last ten minutes of the show. Also I
would be in time to see my grandmother waking up from a nap of who knows
how long. I’d always ask her how she liked the show, and she’d reply that
she enjoyed it. I never mentioned that I saw her asleep “watching” TV.
Who was I to say how she should enjoy TV?
I’m so thankful I got to know my grandmother more as I got older. Being
with her is probably one reason I enjoy the company of older people today.
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