By: Revanche

The older generation

February 15, 2009

While arranging a baby shower, I sent out all the emails to the family invitees, but had to call the grandparents because they don’t use email. The extended family is like my adoptive family, and I’ve celebrated countless holidays and life events with them, but I’d never really just called up and chatted with them. Sent holiday, birthday and thank you cards, talked to them on the phone when they called friend’s home, yes, yes, yes, and yes, but this was a first.

You know you’ve got an entirely different generation on the phone when the second question they ask, 90 seconds into the conversation is, “where are you calling from? Home? This call is going to cost you a fortune!”


“Sorry, I misunderstood what you were asking; I’m on my cell phone and have unlimited minutes, don’t worry!”

And with that, I had a lovely 30 minute conversation with each grandma, each happily assured that they could chat with me as long as they liked without incurring long distance charges. They’re great!

The first one wondered why I was doing “so much work” for the shower, and why I was doing it. Well, I said, gosh, her momma told me to. 😉 Oh, and besides, she’s my BFF. (Haha, her mom really did, but I would have anyway. The girl’s like my sister, and her family’s always been so good to me, there’s no hesitation in making parties happen for her.) She cracks me up, she told me that Grandpa wanted someone in the family to marry me so they could keep me around. Well, the boys are like my brothers, so that’s totally out.

The second one wanted to know all about how I was doing, and we talked about the economy, the family, her kids, how she’s taking care of herself. I subtly suggested that we get her computerized to get rid of her paper files since she was having trouble finding some boxes since the holidays, but she’s a packrat. The second I asked, so you really want to do this? She backed out! Oh well, thought I’d give it a try! 🙂

Sometimes I forget how great family can be when they love and support you. And they’re hilarious too, because G2 tried to freak me out telling me that she was fine because all her investments were “with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG. You know, all the financials.”

“…….. you’re just trying to give me a heart attack.”
“haha, no no no …. ok, yes, I am.”

4 Responses to “The older generation”

  1. frugalCPA says:

    Ha! G2 is hilarious!

  2. That is so cute. 🙂 Grandparents are so the type to say that..! “Is this costing you a lot?” lol

  3. Miss M says:

    I love cool old people. My grandma was a hoot until she hit her 90’s. You’re such a nice friend.

  4. Revanche says:

    frugalCPA: G2 is, of course, the matriarch of the more caustic side of the family.

    FB: I never had close enough relationships to grandparents to realize how they act when they care, they’re so funny!

    Miss M: I love that G1 was most happy when I said that something was just practical. You could hear her light up. 🙂

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