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Grandparents say the darndest things!

Everyone knows that one of the perks of growing older is being able to say whatever you want. Elderly persons very rarely get scolded for saying something that may or may not be inappropriate for the time and place. I know that when I get older, I fully intend to exploit this policy. Even the idioms from days gone by can make you raise an eyebrow. Whatever it is, wherever you are, it's undeniable that grandparents can and do say the darndest things.

Today I went over to my grandparents' house to have lunch with them and check it. My grandpa eagerly pointed me towards a button on a string game. Google calls it a dancing button or a button and string whirligig. Since I like the word 'whirligig', that's what we're callin' it. So, I'm playing with this whirligig but can't get it to do the spiny part. Grandpa and I make a few bad jokes, things like "Must be out of batteries" and such. Then from left field grandpa chides me, "We bought ya book after book after book, and you only read the covers." I laughed because I had never heard anything like it before but it makes perfect sense. Eventually, grandma showed me how to work it but I never could get it myself. Thank goodness they were around to not only introduce me to this new toy from an older time, but also how to work the thing.

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RuthCox wrote on July 23, 2015, 2:46 PM

Oh, this story is too much fun for me! Yes, I have played with that button whirligig toy! And the book saying... Not only have I heard it said to me, no doubt I said it to my son when he was wee!

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 23, 2015, 7:14 PM

I remember playing with the whirligig. My grandmother made them from buttons and string.

cheri wrote on July 23, 2015, 9:22 PM

I hope I had experienced it too but I never met my grandparents since they died early.

WordChazer wrote on July 24, 2015, 3:44 PM

I am going to be the most inappropriate oldie ev-arrrr when I get there. In the meantime, treasure your grandparents while you have them. I never knew my father's parents, but my mother's parents were very much in my life until the age of 10 for grandpa and 18 for grandma. I am firmly of the belief that gramps lived long enough to see me into secondary school and gran was read the letter I wrote to tell her I was off to Freshers' Week at uni before deciding that her time on this earth was done.

I am also very much like my aunt, at least according to mum! Embarrassingly so to her at times, she would perhaps admit.

AliCanary wrote on August 24, 2015, 12:58 PM

That is so sweet that you got a chance to spend quality time with your grandpa, playing. Loved the joke about being out of batteries!