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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Grandparent(s) (04/03/08)

TITLE: Dictionary Definition
By Joanney Uthe


My grandma’s picture was in the dictionary. Look up “little old lady” and you will see her picture. Yep, the one with the curly white hair and the walker. Notice that her legs look really big. I use to think that she had fat legs, but really, they are wrapped in layers and layers of Ace bandages. She wouldn’t be able to walk at all otherwise. Yep, that picture in the dictionary is my mom’s mom, Grandma B.

Now my dad’s mom, Grandma E. is young and spry. She still helps Grandpa on the farm and walks the dog and plays with us kids. Her picture might be in the dictionary under “fun grandma” if they were to make such an entry.

Every Christmas we spend dinner with Grandma E and supper with Grandma B. I never liked to leave Grandma E’s house, especially to go and sit quietly at Grandma B’s, but it had to be done. This year, as I said good-bye to Grandma E, I told her why we had to leave. “We have to go see our little grandma now.” That is how I think of them – the little old lady grandma and the big, young grandma.

Well, Grandma E has always been about teaching us young ones what we should and should not do. “Why do you call her your little grandma?”

“Well, she’s a little old lady.”

“Don’t you think that your grandmas are about the same age?”

I had never thought they were, but if Grandma E said they were, than they must be. “Well, I guess so.”

“How old do you think your grandmas are?”

I thought about Grandma B. Surely she was really old, so even though I didn’t think of Grandma E. being that same age, I gave the best answer I could. “I don’t know, really old. Up in the ninety’s someplace.”

My grandma stepped back, shocked before she started to laugh and ruffled my hair. On the way to Grandma B’s, my older siblings told me that Grandma E is in her fifties and Grandma E in her sixties. See, I knew Grandma B was a little old lady and Grandma E was young and spry. Just don’t expect a seven year old to have a good grasp of adult ages.

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Debbie Wistrom04/10/08
How we thinks as kids is intriguing and you did a great job portraying it. Your title was a grabber for sure.
LauraLee Shaw04/10/08
Light-hearted and entertaining read. Cute!
Peter Stone04/12/08
That is so true, it really is very hard for little ones to work out the ages of their grandparents. Cute story.
Chely Roach04/12/08
What a cute little story! I loved the first two lines...they really drew me in.
Lyn Churchyard04/13/08
Very good story Joanney, I loved the child's POV. It's true, children have no concept of age. Delightful memories. Well done.
Joanne Sher 04/13/08
A cute and fun read - I love the voice of this: especially in the beginning. For a Thursday morning write, I am MUCH impressed :)
Jan Ackerson 04/14/08
Oh, I'm glad I read this one! I had skipped over it earlier, because of the title--I have an aversion to pieces that begin with dictionary definitions. But this was delightful, and your 7-year-old's perception of her granmothers' ages was priceless.
Mariane Holbrook 04/14/08
All the adjectives that I intended to use to describe this delightful piece were already taken so let me just say I loved reading it and it made me feel good all over! It doesn't get much better than that, does it?
Tim Pickl04/16/08
Through the eyes of a child! This delightful story reads like a children's book.
Joy Faire Stewart04/16/08
This is a perfect view from a child's perspective. And a fun read, adorable!
Mandy White04/16/08
Out of the mouths of babes!
Adorable story, Joanney.