Lunch With Grandma

Adventures, Eating, and Ruminations with Some Radical Grandmas.

Hold on to your wallet

We recently found someone to spend time during the day with Grandma to help her around the house.  Grandma was worried that they wouldn’t have anything to do or talk about, so I bought a chess set for them and Grandma is teaching her new friend to play.

Grandma was a middle school math teacher for many years in New York City, and was a brilliant chess player.  When I was 10 I came for a visit and we would play.  In one match we had this exchange after one of my moves:

Grandma: Darling, you don’t want to move there.

Me: Why not?  You can’t take my piece if I move it there.

Grandma: That’s right, I can’t take that piece now.  But if you move there, I’ll take your Queen five moves from now…

Not that I’m such a great player, but I’ve never even come close to beating her.  We played a few weeks ago and Grandma beat me soundly, humming the whole time.  The only way I knew I made one good move is that she stopped humming momentarily after my move, considered the board, and then made her next move and started humming again.

So I mentioned at friday night services to a couple of people that Grandma had been playing chess again.  The President came over to Grandma to talk about chess.

President: Fay, I hear you’re playing chess.  If it’s ok, I’d love to come over and play sometime.

Grandma: Oh, I haven’t played in forever…

Me: Grandma!  You’ve been playing the whole week!  Are you hustling right now?!

Grandma (with a slight smirk and a shrug): Well…

-Robert

This year I am most thankful for another Thanksgiving with this little lady. I love her very much!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with those you hold near and dear.

-Kristina

This year I am most thankful for another Thanksgiving with this little lady. I love her very much!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with those you hold near and dear.

-Kristina

Grandma and her good friend Kitty watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

-Kristina

Grandma and her good friend Kitty watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

-Kristina

Grandma’s thoughts on the current state of politics.

-Kristina

Hello New York!

After power came back to Grandma’s neighborhood, Dad and I packed up the bags and took Grandma on the trek back to the city.  Since it’s a long walk, we took a car service from my apartment to the subway at Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn.  On the subway, a young dude gave up his seat for Grandma, and my Dad gave the guy a fist-bump to say thank you.  The dude returned a ‘chin’ to my Dad in recognition.

When the train arrived to Union Square, Grandma got off the train and stopped in place.  She put her hands out in welcome, blew kisses, and said, “Hello New York!  Mwah mwah mwah mwah mwah!”

-Robert

Grandma better not get too used to this special Hurricane Sandy treatment of having two of her favorite foods: onion soup (that my aunt made) and spaghetti with meat sauce (that I made). She’s like a kid in a candy store and can’t decide what to eat when.

-Kristina

Grandma better not get too used to this special Hurricane Sandy treatment of having two of her favorite foods: onion soup (that my aunt made) and spaghetti with meat sauce (that I made). She’s like a kid in a candy store and can’t decide what to eat when.

-Kristina

One of the cool kids

I had called Grandma a few times yesterday, but couldn’t leave a message as the machine kept saying it was full.  Grandma finally called me back last night.

Grandma: “Darling, it’s good to hear from you.”

Me: “You too, Grandma.  Listen, you have to erase the messages on the machine.  It’s full and I couldn’t leave you a message today.”

Grandma: “What do you mean?  I listened to them.”

Me: “That’s fine, but you have to erase them after you listen to them.”

Grandma: “I did!”

Me: “Are you sure?”

Grandma: “Look, you’re not the only one who calls me.  I can’t help it if I’m popular.”

-Robert

When Grandma watches her Chinese opera tapes nothing else exists for her. But this is new, she is sitting about 4 feet from the television completely oblivious to the world.

- Kristina

When Grandma watches her Chinese opera tapes nothing else exists for her. But this is new, she is sitting about 4 feet from the television completely oblivious to the world.

- Kristina

It’s all in the mind.

My cousin Jennifer: Grandma, I can’t believe I’m turning 30 soon.

Grandma: No!

Jennifer: Yes!! That means you’ve been taking care of me for 30 years!

Grandma: No!! That would mean I’m old.

-Kristina

What Do a Bunch of Old Jews Know About Living Forever?

"If they were wondering about the value of living so long when it meant facing the death of everyone they grew up with, you can hardly blame them. Even with the miraculous enhancements sure to come in the next decades, longevity is a mixed blessing."

I’ve often thought about the same thing when I think about Grandma.  So many amazing things can be said for living to a ripe, old age.  But there are the downsides, too.  This article really resonated with me as someone who lives with a centenarian.  I hope you like it, too.

-Kristina