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Noted In Passing: Your Grandma. (No, not your grandma. Theirs.)

Found at MOTUS A.D.: A Post-Birthday Bonus Post. Drop by and drop a post-birthday-day note.

Gerard Van der Leun // 1692 Mangrove Ave Apt: 379
Chico, CA 95926

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  • pbird August 26, 2022, 6:47 PM

    Truth. They will never be so freaking hip as we were.
    Beyond happy MOTUS is doing better!

    • Mike Austin August 27, 2022, 1:49 AM

      True that. Let us then have this written as our epitaph: “They Lived”. Yeah, we really did. Future men will envy us and lift a glass to our memory.

  • Tom Hyland August 27, 2022, 7:07 AM

    That free-wheeling grandma was tackled and crunched face-down into the dirt by these psychos. Maybe a bit off topic, but who cares? Here’s the nuts & dolts who shut down America and most of the world. Not a long read. Check your pulse. https://brownstone.org/articles/jared-kushner-and-the-mystery-of-the-first-us-lockdown/

  • jwm August 27, 2022, 8:31 AM

    Gen X:
    Still mad at the hippies for using up all the fun.
    I’ll confess. I took more than my share.


  • jiminalaska August 27, 2022, 11:03 AM

    & the grandmas before those grandmas weren’t bad either. a little old lady friend of mine was telling me about her grandmother. She, my little old lady friend, when around 14 years old, was in the bar in Big Delta that her grandmother was tending. One of the bar stooled patrons did/said something to offend her grandma. Grandma grabbed him by the collar, pulled him close enough to grab his belt, hauled him up on to the bar, heaved, slid, him head first some 7-10 feet into the wall.

  • Hale Adams August 27, 2022, 10:36 PM

    Our grandmas were young women once upon a time. Mine were born just before the turn of the century. I have a hard time imagining them doing the Charleston, though. Part of it is them being grandmas. My Grandmother Dial was in her early 20s in the early 1920s, so maybe did she such things. (I have no idea — she and Grandfather Dial died before I was born.) My Grandmother Adams was too …… severe? ……. reserved? ……… buttoned-down? ….. for that. It’s not that Grandma wasn’t fun-loving — she had a mischievous side — but …….. it’s just unpossible, because she was my Grandma, I guess.

    And today (8/27) is her 125th birthday. I miss her a lot.

    Hale Adams
    Pikesville, People’s still-mostly-Democratic Republic of Maryland

  • azlibertarian August 28, 2022, 5:13 AM

    I say “To Hell!” with the past tense of all these verbs: The grandmother that I am married to is still having all the fun. We spent Friday evening in the pool doing “chicken-fights” with the grandkids on our shoulders, each of us giggling more than the other, while mom and dad, squares that they are, went out on a date. They wanted to go try some damn Indian place, because vegan or something, but it was closed (on a Friday night?), and they settled for messican. On the other hand, we had Mrs.azlib’s yummy grilled-cheese-on-sourdough and her wonderful homemade ‘mato soup.

  • Jack August 28, 2022, 7:56 AM

    My grandmother was born in the late 1800s so she wasn’t into all of the foregoing but she could saddle and ride a horse, shoot any firearm at hand accurately and out fish most who thought they might best her. She was full blood Irish, had a temper and a long memory but she was sensitive and loving and she and my grandfather are probably the reason I never found myself in a jail cell, somewhere along this long road. Of all of the people I have known and loved and who have gone on before, those two are at the very top of my love and hope for reunion.

    The grandma’s of today, described above, were cut from an entirely different cloth and some of them hang in my memory still. And I still love watching them ‘strut they stuff’…..


  • Nobody Uno August 28, 2022, 9:25 AM

    My grandmother was too busy beheading chickens to learn any silly dances. She had a family to feed and doing laundry without indoor plumbing takes a lot longer, too. My mother was too busy working her fingers to the bone, taking care of her family, her elderly mother, and all the neighbors who needed any sort of help. Me? I’m a lazy fat-ass, but no hippy.