Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Good Morning, Class of '64

The reason grandchildren and
grandparents get along so well is
that they have a common enemy.
Sam Levenson

Grandmother - Kieth Larson
Grandmothers are just
antique little girls.
Author Unknown

Grandmother's Garden - Lydia Field Emmet
Perfect love sometimes does not
come until the first grandchild.
Welsh Proverb
Tell Me a Story - Judith Mehrs
Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves,
without rebuke or effort to change us,
as no one in our entire lives has ever done,
not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends —
and hardly ever our own grown children.
Ruth Goode
Grandmother's Love - Cynthia Snider
They say genes skip generations.
Maybe that’s why grandparents
find their grandchildren so likeable.
Joan McIntosh

Did you ever, even one time, consider that you would one day become the "Grandma in the Kitchen" or be married to her? "Old Man Time" has crept up on you sometime between 1964 and now. Chances are, though, that you haven't become the typical "Grandma" as stereotyped in long ago years. Maybe your own grandma wasn't that "Grandma", either.

You are the "Grandma" of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. Whether you are "Nana", "Mamaw" or just "Grandma" or "Grandmother", you are creating for your grandchildren an image of "Grandma". "Old Man Time" has turned many Baby Boomers into Grandmas. 

You could be portrayed as a loving "Grandma" happily warming a croissant in the microwave or popping a pop tart into the toaster. A grandchild would probably be content with that. Phoning in a pizza order for visiting grandchildren might be something you've done more than one time. McDonald is probably familiar with you, too.

But, for the comfort derived from a picture of Grandma busily rolling out crust for an apple pie or chopping vegetables for a pot of soup, we still cling to that notion of "Grandma". Even if the nostalgia created by Grandma in her apron standing at a black cast iron cook stove stirring a pot of stew doesn't fit everyone's (or anyone's) reality, we still love seeing her on a postcard or greeting card. Did that "Grandma" ever get tired?

Just about the time a woman
thinks her work is done,
she becomes a grandmother.
Edward H. Dreschnack

 Old Man Time
Jimmy Durante was an American 
singer, pianist, comedian, and actor. 
His distinctive clipped gravelly speech,
 New York accent, comic language 
butchery, jazz-influenced songs, 
and large nose helped make him 
one of America's most familiar and 
popular personalities of the 1920s 
through the 1970s.
Old man time, he's so mean
Meanest man you've ever seen
He gives you youth; then he steals it away
He takes your nice pretty hair; turns it gray
Artist's Mother With Grandchildren - Charles Willson Peale
Young At Heart
His jokes about his nose included
referring to it as a Schnozzola,
and the word became his nickname.
Jimmy Durante
Fairy tales can come true, 
it can happen to you
If you're young at heart.
For it's hard, you will find, 

to be narrow of mind
If you're young at heart.

"I would love to go back and 
travel the road not taken, 
if I knew at the end of it I’d 
find the same set of grandkids."
 Robert Brault 
Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash
Wherever you are.
Mrs. Calabash was Jimmy Durante's first
wife who died in her early twenties. 

They once traveled through a town 
named "Calabash", and she liked the name. 
It became his pet name for her.
Jimmy Durante - 1955

There’s no place like home...
except Grandma’s.
Author Unknown

  Make Someone Happy
Jimmy Durante's career in every 
major entertainment performance 
medium spanned more than six decades.
Jimmy Durante
Make someone happy.
Make just one someone happy.
And you will be happy too.

By the Fire With Grandma - Henry John Dobson
A grandmother is a mother who has a second chance.
Author Unknown 
Croatian Grandmother - Marijana
If God had intended
us to follow recipes,
He wouldn’t have
given us grandmothers.
Linda Henley
Becoming a grandmother is wonderful.
One moment you’re just a mother.
The next you are all-wise and prehistoric.
Pam Brown
Grandmother's Story - Hugues - Merlea
Grandma always made you feel
she had been waiting to see just you
all day and now the day was complete.
Marcy DeMaree

Reading for Grandmother - James Hayllar
Uncles and aunts, and cousins,
are all very well, and
fathers and mothers
are not to be despised;
but a grandmother,
at holiday time,
is worth them all.
Fanny Fern

Grandmother with Three Grandchildren - Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller
You do not really understand
something unless you can
explain it to your grandmother.

Grandmother with Playing Children - Kern Hermann

1 comment:

  1. Yes !! This is the generation we are in now!!! some are even great grandmothers >> I liked this one pat!!! jmc