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Topic: TEXTING (05/18/17)
- TITLE: LOL-NANA!
By C D Swanson
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I looked at my beautiful blue-eyed granddaughter as only a grandmother can. If I was a cartoon, you’d see the hearts flying out of my eye sockets.
“Sweetheart, when Nana was your age cell phones weren’t invented yet.”
Nora jumped up from her seat, and placed her hands on hips in a true drama queen pose before answering. “How did you live? OMG!”
“Nora, it wasn’t missed because we never had it. We just passed notes.”
“What did you write on the notes?”
“Well, we wrote all kinds of things. Sometimes it was about a boy we liked.”
Nora’s laugh was as they say, contagious. It was life. It was innocent, and it was a gift from God.
“Nana, that’s funny. You wrote about a boy? Who? Did you write about Papa?”
“No. It was before I knew Papa.”
“Well, what did you write? Come on tell me.”
I could tell she wasn’t going to let this go. She seemed fascinated by my story.
“Okay, I’ll tell you one that I remember well. I passed a note to my best friend Gail. It said, ‘guess who likes me?’ and I passed it to Gail.”
Nora’s eyes lit up, “Who was it Nana?”
“It was a boy named Scott.”
“What did you do when you got home from school? Did you watch cable shows?”
“We didn’t have cable television. In fact, we only had five channels.”
Again, her adorable laughter filled the room. “Five?”
“Yes, that’s right. And, we had to get up off of our verandas to change the station. We didn’t have remote controls.”
“And you didn’t have a computer?”
“Oh my goodness Nana! How did you study for tests? Or find out stuff for your class?”
“Well, I walked to the local library, and checked out several books, took them home, and did reports from there.”
“Yes, honey. W-A-L-K. Walk. Or, we rode our bicycles.”
“How did you get along?”
“Ha-ha. Don’t look so sad. It was wonderful. We did a lot of things together as a family. We ate dinner together, spoke about our day at school. Then we watched a show together, or played a board game. Monopoly, and scrabble, was my favorite of all time.”
“Yes, like I played with you when you were younger. Remember? Shoot and Ladders? And, Candy Land?”
“I think so. But, that’s when I was really young.”
“Yes, you were three, now you’re six.” I struggled to keep from laughing.
“Nana? Did you have sleep-overs?”
“We used to call them Pajama parties. And, yes…my friends would love coming to my house. Your great grandmother was amazing. She was the favorite parent on the block. So, was your great grandfather.”
“What were their names again?”
“My mom was Marie. And, my dad’s name was Domenick. And, they were the best of the best.”
“I still can’t get over you didn’t text!” She squiggled up her face and laughed again.
“Hey you little minx. You should try writing notes, it’s fun. Don’t knock it until you try it.”
The front door opened and my daughter Mia came in. Nora rushed to her immediately. “Mommy!”
“Hello Pumpkin! Give me some sugar. Mommy missed you.”
“Mommy…Nana didn’t text when she was young. She passed notes! And, she even told a friend about a boy she liked. She—”
Mia received a text and immediately began texting. Nora stopped short. She bit her lower lip and waited. When her mom finished texting she began again, “Nana said, she used to have pajama parties, and—”
Mia received another text. She held up her hand to Nora and continued texting. This time laughing before walking out of the room eyes on the phone in hand.
“Sweetheart, come here to Nana. Your mom will be back in a minute. Are you hungry? What would you like to eat tonight? I’ll make it or order it. You tell me.”
“You got it.”
“Nana, when your mommy came home from work, did she sit and talk with you?”
My heart sank. I hugged her. “Baby girl, tell your mom how you feel. Maybe you can work out a deal that she doesn’t text at least until you eat dinner together.”
“Can you teach my mommy and me to play your favorite board games too?”
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