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Tuesday, November 27, 2007


I really love my grandparents. We have such different views on politics and religion, but for pretty much everything else, they're huge role models for me. They're both active, independent, hard working, love to dance together, Grandma still plays tennis in her 80's, Grandpa still gardens the better part of an acre every summer, and though they'd probably hate to be described as environmentalists, no one I know is more likely to recycle and compost and eat locally and avoid wasteful practices.

So just as I'm about to leave work and head home to eat leftover favorites from Thanksgiving (turkey with cornbread stuffing and giblet gravy, broccoli with almonds and caramelized onions, and leftover apple cobbler), I get a call from my mom. She's in so much trouble. She called me AFTER grandpa got out of surgery AFTER he's been in hospital overnight. Grandpa got a pacemaker because his heart wasn't doing a good job of keeping time. A resting rate of 27 isn't a good thing.

Grandpa's headed home tomorrow for a week or so of enforced rest. This will likely be a tough thing for him because he never just sits around. Meanwhile, Grandma is also recovering from a stumble on the tennis courts. Luckily, no broken bones, but lots of bruises.

They're getting older. I never thought it would happen. I always kind of figured they were indestructible. I can picture my mom and dad getting old, but my grandparents - they make the Energizer Bunny look lazy. I'm still hoping for another 10-15 years of their good company, but days like this make me fret.

Take care you two! I love you and wish I were there.


  • I love you Ammy! You really do amaze me. Kind of like you described your relationship with grandma and grandpa, you and I can be so different, but are so much a like in other ways and I do certainly look up to you in many ways.

    I love the way you captured the events of this last week. I agree, I don't ever think of grandma & grandpa aging, though their years are starting to show more, which I hate! I love them so much and hope for many more years too.

    Thanks for the call last week to make sure I was "in the loop." I appreciate your concern for Lori and I.

    ~ Thanks for the tickets to Dickens Fair. Lori and I had such a good time. I loved dancing. I can't remember the last time i did a Waltz. I know I was terrible and very out of shape, but it did remind me of how much i use to love it! Tell Fred thank you for the tickets to the French Postcards. I looked for him to thank him myself but never spotted him again.

    Love Ya,

    By Blogger Wendysdreamn, at 8:59 AM  

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