Lunch With Grandma

Adventures, Eating, and Ruminations with Some Radical Grandmas.

Vi ses, Mormor.

Yesterday was the anniversary of our grandma’s passing - we loved her, we miss her and we spend time telling stories about her so as not to forget her. As time goes by the stories tend to catalyse and intensify just a tiny little bit, just because it makes it easier to tell them and to remember them as the years pass. That doesn’t mean that the stories aren’t essentially true - it just means that we might oversimplify the events or timelines for dramatic purpose. 
Call it religion, faith, evolution, ancestor worship or just plain love.
We don’t care. 
We loved her and she loved us.

Vi ses, Mormor.

- Jon Schumann

Reflection

Grandma, on the way back from visiting Grandpa’s gravesite at the cemetery:

"You know, life is wonderful. But sometimes, it’s very, very cruel."

-Robert

Here is Grandma casting away her sins at the East River.
She arrived at High Holiday services wearing her Yankees hat and wouldn’t take it off.  I asked her if she’d rather wear a yamikah.  She replied, “No, I’m covering my head.  God won’t care.”
-Robert

Here is Grandma casting away her sins at the East River.

She arrived at High Holiday services wearing her Yankees hat and wouldn’t take it off.  I asked her if she’d rather wear a yamikah.  She replied, “No, I’m covering my head.  God won’t care.”

-Robert

Foreign Lands On Our Shores

Grandma and I were having dinner at Veselka (for a change we did not go to Little Poland), and we were catching up on the family.

Grandma: You know that I spoke to your father.  We speak every day.

Me: That’s nice.  How is he?

Grandma: He’s wonderful.  I think he’s traveling in a foreign country.  Do you know where he is?

Me: He’s not in a foreign country, Grandma.  He’s spending the summer in Utah.

Grandma: Utah?  Utah?!  Are you sure?

Me: Yes.  I’m positive he’s in Utah.

Grandma: Utah?  Wow.  Well, that may as well be a foreign country…

-Robert

Yesterday the brightest light I’ve ever known went out. The world famous Grandma May Fung Lee passed away peacefully at home, at the age of 105, surrounded by family. She loved many and was loved by more.  Thank you to all of her “fans,” she got such a kick knowing you all followed her every move.  She is deeply missed and life won’t be the same without her.
-Kristina

Yesterday the brightest light I’ve ever known went out. The world famous Grandma May Fung Lee passed away peacefully at home, at the age of 105, surrounded by family. She loved many and was loved by more.

Thank you to all of her “fans,” she got such a kick knowing you all followed her every move.

She is deeply missed and life won’t be the same without her.

-Kristina

A Little Crap Never Hurt I suppose

It’s close to dinnertime. I hear my grandma making a ruckus in the kitchen. I go down to assess the situation. She’s got a bowl of Cheetos in front of her and she’s munching away.

Me: Really? It’s almost dinner? And you’ve chosen to eat shit instead of the dinner I’ve cooked for you?

Grandma: Sometimes it feels good to eat shit! Go Shit! (in Yiddish).

And now I realized where I got the mouth I have…..

I never thought the day would come when I sprinkled #prawn #spawn on some noodles. -Kristina

I never thought the day would come when I sprinkled #prawn #spawn on some noodles. -Kristina

Grandmammy!

Grandmammy!

I think Grandma likes the haricots verts I made tonight; she’s eating them like twizzlers.

-Kristina

I think Grandma likes the haricots verts I made tonight; she’s eating them like twizzlers.

-Kristina

Granny advice even in Philadelphia.

-Kristina

Granny advice even in Philadelphia.

-Kristina

Bubby’s Kitchen

The only thing we like better than Grandmas, are one-woman shows about Grandmas!

Check out Bubby’s Kitchen, from our good friend, Shira Ginsberg.  You won’t be disappointed, though your Grandma might…

You should buy more “cowboy pants.”

- Grandma telling me to buy some jeans.

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s your birthday?

Grandma and I were walking back from services when I saw a big, almost-full moon shining brightly down on 2nd Ave.  When I pointed out the moon to Grandma, she looked up at it and got excited.  She said, “Wow!  Beautiful!  But after all, the moon knows my birthday is next week so it had to say come and out say hello.”

-Robert

Grandma’s getting down!!!

-Kristina