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    Category: Grandchildren

    Grandparents Are Living History

    | Louisville, KY, USA | Children, Grandchildren, Grandparents

    (I’m working at a booth outside the museum’s temporary exhibit which is bordered by one of our permanent galleries. The photographs and weaponry are displayed behind glass.)

    Older Lady: “See? That’s Teddy Roosevelt. He used to enjoy hunting a lot.”

    Eight-Year-Old Grandson: “…”

    Older Lady: “That’s a picture of him and his friends out hunting.”

    (She points to a picture that is reflected in the glass panel.)

    Eight-Year-Old Grandson: *perturbed* “Nana, why are you in the picture?!”

    (The grandmother and I met each other’s gaze briefly before we both broke down into laughter.)

    Have To Savor The Flavor

    | CO, USA | Children, Grandchildren, Grandparents

    (I am shopping in the frozen foods aisle. An older woman and a girl of about eight enter the aisle. The woman opens the first freezer door and pulls a quart of ice cream out.)

    Little Girl: “No, Grandma! You didn’t look at all the flavors!”

    Mein Family Tree

    | Sweden | Grandchildren, Grandparents

    (My mother-in-law’s youngest grandson is at that age where he asks a million questions about everything, soaks up information like a sponge, and tries then to connect the dots. This happened at his grandmother’s place.)

    Grandson: “Grandma, where are your grandparents?”

    Grandmother: “Well, they died a long time ago.”

    Grandson: “Oh, all right. What was your grandfather’s name?”

    Grandmother: “Adolf.”

    Grandson: “Hitler?!”

    Grandmother: “No, my grandfather wasn’t Hitler. But he was alive during the Second World War, though.

    Grandson: *narrows his eyes and leans in close*

    Grandson: “Then how can you be sure…?”

    Grandkids Rule(s)

    | Brigantine, NJ, USA | Grandchildren, Grandparents, Theme Of The Month

    (My grandfather has never been able to say no to me. We’re playing a game called ‘Big Bird’s Special Delivery.’)

    Grandfather: “Looks like I win, dolly!”

    Me: “No! I want to win!”

    (My grandfather proceeds to make an addendum to the rule sheet: The game is over when [conditions are met], or whenever [My Name] wins!)

    Your Language Stinks

    | Phoenix, AZ, USA | Grandchildren, Grandparents

    (I am about seven years old. My grandparents are visiting. I am quite a tattle tale at the time. My grandparents were very strict with their children and are very prim and proper. I run into the living room.)

    Me: “[Brother] farted.”

    Mom: “What have we talked about you tattling all the time?”

    Grandma: “I would be more concerned that she said the ‘F’ word; ladies do not use such language.”

    Me: “I didn’t say ‘f***,’ I said ‘farted.’”


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