Normally, I write about my kids. Today, I’m going in the other direction. I’m going to write about my grandmother.
My grandmother is turning ninety. It’s a fantastic number. The family will be gathering soon to celebrate this milestone occasion. It will be a long weekend party and I’ll enjoy every minute of it.
My favorite grandmother story for the longest time has dealt with my grandfather. Apparently, my grandmother met my grandfather when she was in her late teens. He had a date with someone else, but was so smitten with my grandmother that he broke his date to go out with her. Grandma apparently felt the same way about Grandpa. She often talked about handsome he was in his Army uniform back when she first met him.
Recently, my grandmother revealed a memorable story about my dad. My grandfather served in Europe late in WWII and afterwards. He was gone for a couple of years. My grandmother tried to think of something special to welcome my grandfather home.
My dad apparently suggested getting a baby brother or sister.
I remember visiting my grandparents when I was a kid. Grandma would fix me oatmeal for breakfast and I would try to help her with the puzzles in the newspaper. I rarely ate oatmeal at home, but always did at Grandma’s. For some reason, it just tasted better.
Most of have stories like that, I know.
And, as I said above, my grandmother is turning ninety. And here’s where I need the help.
My aunts and uncles want to put a sign in the yard announcing the event. Hallmark has a few choice slogans for younger ages. “Lordy, lordy, look who’s forty” and “Ain’t it nifty, you’re turning fifty.”
However, we don’t have anything for my grandmother’s age.
One of my uncles jokingly suggested, “Kiss her hiney, she’s turning ninety.” However, we know that isn't going to work.
So, anybody got any suggestions?