What grandmothers do: ‘Grandmother’s don’t have to do anything except be there.’
Reports The Blue Bubble’s Friend: “While looking through some old papers, some from 1980, I discovered this little gem. I’m not sure where it originated, because it was on an otherwise-blank piece of paper:
“‘What is a Grandmother
“‘By a third grader
“‘A grandmother is a lady who has not children of her own. She likes other people’s little girls and boys. A grandfather is a man grandmother. He goes for walk with the boys, and they talk about fishing and stuff like that.
“‘Grandmothers don’t have to do anything except to be there. They’re old so they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is enough if they drive us to the market where the pretend horse is, and have a lot of dimes ready. Or if they take us for walks, they should slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars. They should never say “hurry up.”
“‘Usually grandmothers are fat, but not too fat to tie your shoes. They wear glasses and funny underwear. They can take their teeth and gums off. Grandmothers don’t have to be smart, only answer questions like, “Why isn’t God married?” and “How come dogs chase cats?”
“‘Grandmothers don’t talk babytalk like visitors do, because it is hard to understand. When they read to us they don’t skip, or mind if it is the same story over again.
“‘Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have television, because they are the only grownups who have time.”
-Posted in the Pioneer Press, January 19, 2014