Do you recall where you were on the 20th of July, 1969?
If you need some help, that day went down in the history of mankind for the American astronauts landing and walking on the moon. The news stations talked of nothing else it seems.
My grandmother came over to see it with us. That’s when this momentous day took a turn downhill. We had two televisions, both tuned in, so whichever room we were in, nothing would be missed. Unfortunately, when the landing took place, Mom, Dad, and myself happened to be in one room, leaving Grandma in the other room by herself. It wasn’t deliberate by any means.
But Grandma was offended. Big time. She marched into the room we were in, tossing her words< “If I wanted to watch this alone, I would have stayed home!: With that she stormed out of the house, making a beeline down the path to her home next door.
Needless to say, Dad went scrambling after her. Completely ruining the moment in my eyes. Every once in awhile Grandma showed us her drama queen tendencies.
There Comes a Time
But I guess I shouldn’t be so hard on her. There comes a time when we all need a little companionship. Grandma had lost her husband, seemingly lost her daughter due to mental issues, and considered her son (my dad) gone too. There was another woman (my mom). Even though she lived next door and could keep tabs on him. She was good at that. She was lonely, as though she had no one to live for. That can be an empty feeling. We never know what is going on in another persons life. But we can exercise our patience and mercy muscle-just as God does with each of us.
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Reading your blog is a visit to my childhood. For years I spent every third weekend with her in Detroit. I liked it there. It was quiet, I colored on brown paper bags, I ate homemade cinnamon buns and she nagged me about wearing nylon stockings. After I grew up and Grandma moved to Livonia I didn’t see much of her. It is odd that my idea of how she lived was blessed. To be close to people who cared for her I thought was ideal. Her son cared for her and saw to it she visited with her daughter, right? Grandma did have a way of letting me know I was not living up to her idea of my responsibility to her daughter. We all live and learn and grow to love and forgiveness at our own personal speed. You are giving me the gift of seeing you as you grew up. thank you.