Grandma Rose

August 28, 2019 at 12:41 pm 44 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 30 August 2019

Linda Kreger
Photo Credit: Linda Kreger

 
Grandma Rose was always in charge and ruled the roost.

Her house was the gathering place for the holidays. Indefatigable as a host, she made the best turkey and pies.

Old age somehow finally caught up with her. At 70, she could barely walk without a cane.

On Labor Day weekend, we invited her to the annual family picnic in the park.

“I think I’d pass,” she said. “The hill is too much for my knees.”

“We can use a wheelchair.”

“You know, I don’t want to be pushed around.”

“Don’t worry, Grandma,” I said. “We’ll be pushing you up.”

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44 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Iain Kelly  |  August 28, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Lovely, can’t leave her out of the celebrations!

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    • 2. plaridel  |  August 28, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      iain:

      it’s pay back time! 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. neilmacdon  |  August 28, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Being carried on a palanquin is much better than being pushed around

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    • 4. plaridel  |  August 28, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      neil:

      being treated like a queen? i think she’d like that. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. Susan A Eames  |  August 28, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Sweet story – although the bit about ‘old age’ at seventy and needing to walk with a cane made me wince a bit. My brother is a very active 70 something and he’d be mortified if someone called him ‘old’! 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 6. plaridel  |  August 28, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      susan:

      your brother is such a lucky man. 🙂

      Reply
  • 7. larry trasciatti  |  August 28, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    such a nice happy family story

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    • 8. plaridel  |  August 28, 2019 at 7:14 pm

      larry:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 9. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  August 28, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Uplifting and positive message of grandkids helping their grandmother.
    Lovely write, Plaridel.
    Isadora 😎

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    • 10. plaridel  |  August 29, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      isadora:

      your comment is much appreciated. thank you.

      Reply
  • 11. draliman  |  August 29, 2019 at 12:34 am

    I’m glad her family is rallying round 🙂

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    • 12. plaridel  |  August 29, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      draliman:

      me too. 🙂

      Reply
  • 13. rochellewisoff  |  August 29, 2019 at 4:46 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    What a sweet story. I hope Grandma Rose will allow her family to take care of her.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 14. plaridel  |  August 29, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      rochelle:

      grandma rose is in good hands for sure. 🙂

      Reply
  • 15. gahlearner  |  August 29, 2019 at 6:24 am

    I like the phrase ‘pushing you up’ instead of pushing around. That’s such a lovely, positive story.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  August 29, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      gahlearner:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 17. granonine  |  August 29, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Aw, this is really sweet. Good grandkids, patient Grandma.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  August 29, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      linda:

      i totally agree. 🙂

      Reply
  • 19. Nan Falkner  |  August 29, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Good point so grandma needs to accept the help of her grandchildren! Nice!

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    • 20. plaridel  |  August 30, 2019 at 11:11 pm

      nan:

      they had fun doing it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 21. msjadeli  |  August 29, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Awwwwww thoughtful grandchildren making Grandma Rose feel wanted.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  August 30, 2019 at 11:11 pm

      msjadeli:

      she deserves all the attention. 🙂

      Reply
      • 23. msjadeli  |  August 31, 2019 at 9:27 am

        🙂

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        • 24. plaridel  |  September 3, 2019 at 11:21 pm

          msjadeli:

          awesome! 🙂

          Reply
  • 25. Tannille  |  August 30, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Now that is loving respect!

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    • 26. plaridel  |  August 30, 2019 at 11:11 pm

      tannille:

      you’re absolutely right. 🙂

      Reply
  • 27. Keith's Ramblings  |  August 30, 2019 at 9:27 am

    It just wouldn’t be the same without her! Mind you, these days 70 is the new 50!

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    • 28. plaridel  |  August 30, 2019 at 11:10 pm

      keith:

      it only shows how much they love her. 🙂

      Reply
  • 29. Dale  |  August 30, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Sweet story, Plaridel.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  August 30, 2019 at 11:10 pm

      dale:

      thank you for reading as usual. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 31. Abhijit Ray  |  August 31, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Grandma had entertained everyone all through her life. It is time, family do something nice for her. Good story.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  September 3, 2019 at 11:21 pm

      abhijit:

      yes, i agree. it’s payback time. 🙂

      Reply
  • 33. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  September 1, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    It sounds like they really want her to come along…. love it.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  September 3, 2019 at 11:21 pm

      björn:

      she’s family for sure. 🙂

      Reply
  • 35. patriciaruthsusan  |  September 3, 2019 at 2:31 am

    Now she knows how much the family appreciates her. A good story well written, Plaridel. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • 36. plaridel  |  September 3, 2019 at 11:20 pm

      suzanne:

      i appreciate your generous comment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 37. michael1148humphris  |  September 3, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    There comes a day or time when most have to bend and except a helping hand, but it is never easy.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  September 3, 2019 at 11:20 pm

      michael:

      i think it’s what they call the cycle of life.

      Reply
  • 39. Shweta Suresh  |  September 14, 2019 at 12:03 am

    It’s very difficult for some to accept help even when they need it. But I’m glad they didn’t leave her out of the celebrations. Great story, Plaridel. 🙂

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    • 40. plaridel  |  September 14, 2019 at 7:45 pm

      shweta:

      it’s very generous of you to say that. thank you. 🙂

      Reply
      • 41. Shweta Suresh  |  September 14, 2019 at 7:48 pm

        It was a pleasure to read your story. 🙂

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        • 42. plaridel  |  September 14, 2019 at 8:35 pm

          shweta:

          hopefully, i can keep it up and not disappoint you. 🙂

          Reply
          • 43. Shweta Suresh  |  September 15, 2019 at 6:40 am

            I’m sure that I won’t be disappointed 😊

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            • 44. plaridel  |  September 15, 2019 at 8:32 am

              shweta:

              🙂

              Reply

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