This past week I went to see my grandmother. I have no pictures and I am so sad but she isn't a picture taking woman! She is just having one issue after another and I felt called to go out and help her. Side-note: This is the grandmother that rakes her carpet... Yep you heard me!!! She is a proud owner of a carpet rake and has her cleaning lady use it with pride! You can imagine how beautiful her home is and I was there all week! I learned a lot while out for the week and I wanted to share a few with you...
When I am 75 I will talk about....with my girlfriends:
- Greetings. It is no longer "Hi, How are you doing?" it is "Hi, How are you feeling today?"
- Medication. All its side effects, how hard it is to swallow them down (the older you get the easier it is to get them caught side ways in your throat, buy a peel crusher!) and how to get your granddaughter to organize them in a peel dispenser!
- Aches and Pains. Yep how this hurts and that hurts. (I feel like I am already there sometimes! ha) And how one wrong step can send you to the ER. Note: this is why older people shuffle when they walk...they don't want to fall!
- Life Alert. How to wear them and how fast it takes for the ambulance to respond once button is pushed! They now come is a bracelet or necklace form. You must have it attached to your body if in case you were to need 911 fast and can't get to a phone!
- Weekly hair style. On Monday, "Ruth, Did you go to the beauty shop today?" On Tuesday, "Ann, Did Tracy do your hair today?" On Wednesday, "Kathlynn, Tracy did a great job on your hair!" On Thursday, "Sandy, Your hair looks great!" And Friday, "Ann, Tracy did a great job again on your hair." Oh and my grandmother is "Ann" by the way!
- Family! Anything and everything!! They keep each other informed! So precious and scary at the same time. Who know what they say about me! haha They don't hold anything back between them anymore!!!
- Diving. Senior Citizens don't trust each other driving! haha
- Politics. It really is important to think about your people in office when you are elder. They are sadly getting cut and their pocket books are getting tight.
- Where are we eating tomorrow. They don't cook for themselves anymore. They have a routine for each night of the week!
- Random fellow senior citizens. "You know_______? I heard they were ________." "I read in the paper that________ died." "I went and played Bridge with ________. He was excellent. Do you know who I am talking about?"
- How much stuff cost in today society. I just have to laugh because it is way more expensive now than ever to live. My grandmother about croaked at the price I paid for a pair of sandals for Lola. I about croaked when I saw the price on a pair of shoes that she doesn't wear anymore. haha They also talk about their dental bill, medicine bill, car insurance, gas and the list goes on!
Oh and I also leaned to set your straighter on a towel when it is turned on... It could burn the very expensive counter tops! Thank goodness it happened on the last day and she couldn't be too upset with me the whole week. She took the news better than I ever imagined!!!
Being around several senior citizens made me appreciate my time being young! I have a lot to look forward to and a lot of laugh about what I will put my granddaughter through! haha (it wasn't that bad!!) I enjoyed my time with my grandmother and will never forget it! I also was away from Lola the longest I have ever been and it was hard at times! I don't think I would have done as well as I did if it were a leisure trip but I felt this was a responsibility I need to perform! My grandmother has been by my family's side through everything! She has done more for me than I will ever be able to thank her for. I just get tears in my eyes to think of all the sacrifices she has taken so she could give to us! I am so blessed and I know I have taken her for granted so many times! If you have a grandmother...go take her to lunch, go take her for a walk, go sit on the couch with her and enjoy the time (even if she sleeps the whole time) and most importantly tell her you love her... there will be a time I won't be able to do all this so I hope to be able to visit her more!