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    Category: Grandchildren

    A Cornell Deaf Knell

    | Roseville, CA, USA | Grandchildren

    (I am eating lunch with my grandparents. They are in their late 80′s and my grandfather is nearly deaf. He is sharing about the time he spent at Cornell University.)

    Me: “I know someone who used to work at Cornell.”

    Grandfather: “Really? What did he do?”

    Me: “He’s a chemist.”

    Grandfather: “He does table tennis!?”

    Me: “No, he’s a chemist!”

    Grandfather: “Okay… What does Dennis do?”

    Victimising Your Sibling

    | OH, USA | Children, Grandchildren

    (After drawing a bath for my grandsons, I call out:)

    Me: “Okay, first victim!”

    (Without knowing to what I was referring, the younger boy says:)

    Younger Grandson: “That would be [Older Grandson]!”

    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…?”


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