My two precious granddaughters, who I labeled the “M & M’ girls were over last night.
We built a slide out of my youngest daughter’s discarded yoga mat and pillows. We
played with my oldest daughter’s Barbies, recently donated to join my collection. She
is the one who has two boys… We played ‘make-up’ and ‘dress-up’ along with reading
all of my Fall books. They still like the story about the two mice who are on two sides of
a pumpkin, tending it and growing it into the, “The Biggest Pumpkin Ever.” They also
liked the simple cardboard preschool books about pumpkins and trick or treater’s. The
last reminder of a great book for this season is, “The Nutty Nut Chase ” book.
We watched the original “101 Dalmatians” with the scene animations being so lovely,
designed to entrance and bewitch the viewers with fall leaves and engrossing, dangerous
winter scenes. My Marley exclaimed about the chubby puppy who I think is named “Rowdy,”
“That puppy needs a diet!” I noticed that the man of the household is smoking a pipe, which
would not ‘do’ in today’s children’s cartoon movies. (I have to say in the ‘old days’ I would not
have even thought twice about weight problems of puppies nor smoking pipes in my dad’s or
granddad’s mouths.) This came up with my Santa Claus which is porcelain and old-fashioned
“‘Twas the Night before Christmas” books, all still having pipes with smoke circling the head
of Santa Claus l, by ever observant children.
When we were finally settling in to sleep it was around eleven o’clock. I was ‘pooped,’ but wished
to ask what they would be for Halloween. They are BOTH going as “Elsa’s” character from the
movie they so love, called, “Frozen.” Would they go as ‘twins?’ No, they would not since they
are the same person both being, “Elsa.” I so love that no one says, that silly word, “Duh!”
I mentioned that I will be up at my Mom’s for the holiday. They asked, almost in unison,
“Why can’t you I be here with us?”
I remind them each time this subject matter comes up, “I hope you will be with me when I get
old and come visit me when it is my birthday.”
Wouldn’t you know 6 year old Marley woke up and asked me to get out the art supplies. Even
before they ate the pancakes I had made them!
I required the two little girls to go “Clean up first.” I began singing the “Clean up” song which
caused Makyah, age 3, to groan and moan. I ignored her, getting paper, scissors, markers,
crayons, lots of stickers out (I had quite a supply when I left preschool special ed. Paid for, as
I used to always do, with my own money for extra seasonal supplies and books.) While Marley
laid on the ground, Miss Drama Queen, Marley got right down to business, used to
this responsibility in her kindergarten classroom.
They put pumpkins, scarecrows and turkeys on 5 x 7 index cards saying,
“Nana, please write, ‘Happy Birthday, Great Grammie O’.”
Marley needed help to copy some of the letters, but is able to write her and Kyah’s names.
Kyah added lots of “x’s” and “o’s” to hers while Marley could write out “I love you lots!”
They stapled them into a little book for my Mom to get on November first, her #86.
We headed back to their house at noon, since Mommy was going to make them lunch.
I gave them hugs and said, “See you Tuesday for your brother, Landen’s birthday and
thanks for the lovely cards for my Mom who will adore them!
Both my daughter and daughter-in-law will send Mom and me photos via cell phones of
the six grandkids. My son doesn’t text me often except to send me a ‘thinking of you’ or a
‘I love you because…’
Here is an (hopefully) amusing joke! You know my source, who is very reliable in her
twice weekly letters to me, inserting news articles about Cleveland, Ohio and other senior
and health related subjects!
COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN:
“You know you are too old to Trick or Treat when. . .”
#10. You keep knocking on your own front door.
#9. You remove your false teeth/wig/hair piece to change your appearance.
#8. You ask for soft high fiber candy only.
#7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, and you lose your balance and fall over.
#6. People admire your great Boris Karloff mask and you aren’t wearing a mask.
(You may insert Abe Vigoda or other aged people who have character in their wrinkles…)
#5. When the door opens and others yell words, but you forget to say, “Trick or Treat.”
#4. By the end of the night, you have a bag of restraining orders.
#3. You have to carefully choose a costume that doesn’t dislodge your hairpiece.
Or one that covers up your body challenges…
**No slutty nurse costumes for you anymore! (women)
**No more Superman costumes; more likely the Pillsbury Dough boy would work. (men)
(ha ha ha)
#2. You are the only Power Ranger or Sleeping Beauty princess with a walker or a cane,
in the neighborhood.
And, as David Lettermen would say,
“The Number One Reason Seniors SHOULD NOT Go Trick or Treating Anymore. . .
(Are you ready for this one?. . . It directly applies to me and my own elderly problems…!!)
#1. You keep having to walk home to use the bathroom!