Dedicated to all of you who have grandmothers, far or near, and those who have become grandmothers and for those who do not have one, the last line is for you.
From an Anonymous 9 year old, courtesy of David Irvine:
What is a grandmother?
A grandmother is a lady who has no children of her own. A grandfather is a man grandmother. He goes for walks with the boys and they talk about fishing and tractors and stuff like that.
Grandmothers don’t have to do anything except be there. They are old so they shouldn’t run or play hard. It s enough if they drive us to the market where the pretend horse is and have lots of quarters ready…. They take us for walks. They slow down past things like pretty flowers and caterpillars. And they 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. They only have to answer questions like “Why isn’t God married?” and “How come dogs chase cats?”
Everyone should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have a television. Because they are the only grownups who have time.