Every single day, I do something that makes me laugh because I am reminding myself of either my mom or my grandmothers.
1. Today’s Kids! My mother told stories of my grandmother’s rolling of the eyes over “Rock n Roll.” My mother rolled her eyes over the “way out there” fashion sense of the eighties….. yeah…. I strutted around with my big “jiffy pop” permed frizzed and teased big hair, shoulder pads, and slashed T-shirts and jeans. Yesterday, I made the same rolling eyes statement. While subbing, the students were telling me they were going to the restroom. Hello….where are their manners?? They never asked, “Mrs. Dettra, can I please go to the restroom.” Kids these days!!
2. Might need this: My grandmothers were notorious for keeping stuff. Tuna cans made ideal containers for safety pins. Twist ties from the grocery store were kept in an empty toilet paper roll in the kitchen drawer. My mother had those tendencies as well…..she kept books, papers, and anything that she might one day use in her classroom. Our barn loft was nothing but 3rd grade materials…..we joked that when she did decide to retire we would have to build a bigger barn to keep the stuff because, “Regina might need it to teach with….” So fast forward to present day….. I have been cleaning out the closets and let me tell you…..”I might need this someday” became part of my vocabulary. My keep pile was full of might needs…..ugh!! I am my mom and grandma rolled up in one!! And yes…. I did keep the stuff.
3. Books: My granny always had books in her home. She had a book for everything. Need to know how to hammer a nail, she had a book. Need to know a medical term, she had that book….dog-eared to every thing she thought she had….. My mother’s world would stop the minute she opened a book. She had to finish the book as soon as she started it regardless of what was going on around her. She always had her nose in a book. Me?? Well, the librarians know me by name. They hold back books that they think I might like to read. Currently, I have 11 books checked out and 27 on a reserve list. I love the smell of a brand new book…. I have been caught sniffing…..Books….. ahhhhhhh I just love books…….
Turning into the women I loved and adored isn’t a bad thing. I think about how lucky my kids are going to be turning into me…….