December 10, 2010

A risky post

Recently, I’ve had some interesting luck with older ladies. (I have to say that, in my experience, it is usually safe to call someone slightly over 80 an older lady.)

The first scenario happened at the drug store, where I was buying some cough syrup. I saw a lady near one of the shelves, struggling to reach something at the very top. She even jumped up a little, all to no avail, because she was very small. I turned to give her some help. It turned out that she needed some Attends. I had to put up a lot of effort as well, because they were shoved really deeply into the shelf. Having finally retrieved them, I just thought I’d hear something like “Oh, thank you.” Instead, what I heard was, “One day, you’re going to be needing some of those.”

At first, I got a little upset, then I was really irritated, but I couldn’t find anything to say in response, and so I went about my business. It was only after I left the store that I started laughing so much that I frightened one man and two pigeons.

The other scenario took place where I was walking with an acquaintance of mine to the bus stop. She noticed that her bus was leaving, and so she took off after it. This was done despite the fact that no one ever tried to catch a departing bus in Canada, and she was born here. At that moment, one of her shoelaces came undone, and she stepped on it, and sprained her ankle. Her first phrase after that incident was “I suppose there won’t be any dance lessons for me for a while.”

The third scenario happened at a Polish deli. I was standing in line next to a pleasant lady in a lovely hat. When we reached the cashier, she slowed down a bit. I just figured she must have remembered something important. Then I saw the expression on the face of the young cashier, and I realized that something was up. Then I noticed that she was dozing off. The winter sunlight was coming through the window, making us all more relaxed. 

I wonder what I’ll be like fourty years from now. I really hope I’ll be cute. Of that I can never be sure. But I do know for a fact that I will thank everyone who helps me out at the store when I start needing some Attends.


  1. I have not so long as you to go and memory is my biggest problem, it is just not what it used to be!!! Diane

  2. Hi Diane!
    My memory was always selective:) The only wish I have is to stay nice to the complete strangers.

  3. “One day, you’re going to be needing some of those.”
    Be sure to pass this gem along to the next generation.

  4. Hi Pepe Le Pew!
    I was surprised. Old ladies are supposed to be nice, aren't they?

  5. I loved these anecdotes. Each surprising, in their own way.

  6. Hi Lydia!
    All of them, even the first one(I forgive her:),were so cute.

  7. I'm sure you will be just fine in 40 years! We don't change that much unless we put a lot of effort in. Really enjoyed this post. :-)

  8. Hi Happy Frog and I!
    Totally agree with you. Thank you for visiting.
    How it was in cold country?

  9. haha this is a cute post about "cute" old ladies!lol. well you were actually so sweet to give that old lady some attends. maybe she's upset with her day or life in general that's why she wasn't able to just thank you.=D

  10. Hi Maria!
    I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for visiting. Have a good weekend.

  11. I don't think you become a sweet old lady if you weren't already a nice younger one. I know a lot of older women (not quite 80s) here and many are not sweet at all. Maybe it's because they're not taking their Attends... (whatever it is).

  12. Hi Olga, it was so cold in Oslo, but I really enjoyed my time there and some posts will be coming out very shortly about my time there. It has made the temperatures in England feel positively balmy!

  13. Hi Sarah,
    I was spoiled with Canadian grannies before. I should wright a post about them.

    Hi Happy Frog and I,
    The value of everything lies in comparison. I am looking forward to reading your posts.

  14. sure you will be - alarmingly I have senior moments already like tripping on the stairs at work in front of everybody

  15. Hi David,

    When I'm An Old Lady
    by Joanne Bailey Baxter

    When I'm an old lady, I'll live with each kid,
    And bring so much happiness just as they did.
    I want to pay back all the joy they've provided.
    Returning each deed! Oh, they'll be so excited!
    (When I'm an old lady and live with my kids...)

    I'll write on the walls with reds, whites, and blues,
    And bounce on the furniture.....wearing my shoes.
    I'll drink from the carton and then leave it out.
    I'll stuff all the toilets and oh, how they'll shout!
    (When I'm an old lady and live with my kids...)

    When they're on the phone and just out of reach,
    I'll get into things like sugar and bleach.
    Oh, they'll snap their fingers and then shake their head,
    And when that is done, I'll hide under the bed.
    (When I'm an old lady and live with my kids...)

    When they cook dinner and call me to eat,
    I'll not eat my green beans or salad or meat.
    I'll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table,
    And when they get angry...I'll run....if I'm able!
    (When I'm an old lady and live with my kids...)

    I'll sit close to the TV., through the channels I'll click
    I'll cross both eyes just to see if they stick.
    I'll take off my socks and throw one away,
    And play in the mud 'til the end of the day!
    (When I'm an old lady and live with my kids...)

    And later in bed, I'll lay back and sigh,
    I'll thank God in prayer and then close my eyes.
    My kids will look down with a smile slowly creeping,
    And say with a groan, "She's so sweet when she's sleeping!"

  16. i bet you'll be as sweet looking as this old lady 40 years from now.

  17. Preciosa Imagen bien compuesta.Saludo

  18. Thank you for your comment, and for stopping by my blog! (Thought i'd make a return visit). I enjoyed this post - made me smile. I love little old-er ladies. (Yes, over 80). They say the funniest things. My Gran calls herself and my Grandad 'The Wrinklies'. I laugh my head off.

  19. Ha ha! I was in a cafe where they were handing out small slices of mince pie, a very elderly lady took one... then took another and looked round at me as if she thought I might snitch! I felt a bit bad, i hope I don't seem like the kind of stick-in-the-mud who would snitch on someone taking a second sample of free pie! Although it's funny, it's the kind of scenario you expect the older woman to disapprove of the younger one doing. ;)

  20. Hi Christine,
    I feel the same. I love watching "Dancing with the Stars" on You Tube sometimes. But after a while I get tired of all their gymnastics.

    Hi Life Ramblings,
    I will try my best:D

    Hi José Alba,
    Welcome to my blog. Thank you for visiting and commenting. I hope it is positive:)

    Hi Bth,
    Thank you for visiting. Say "Hi" to your grandparents from me. I envy you a little,that you have them.

    Hi Perdita,
    Ha, ha. I love this story. I will put it in my collection with a tag - Free pies aren't always free.

  21. Thought I would pop in and say hi from Ireland. Those were great anecdotes. I love the first one, I am still giggling. Bless her. Was she wearing purple like from the poem "When I'm an old woman I shall wear purple" and the one with the pleasant lady in the hat dozing. Just like a cat.
    Thanks for popping in to mine by the way.

  22. Hi Dolly,
    Thank you for your lovely comment. I am very happy having follower from Ireland. Your last post was very nostalgic.

  23. what a wonderful post! i am so glad i came by. i will be back for sure. thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. i look forward to getting to know you better.

  24. Hi Angella!
    Thank you much for popping over to my blog. I am very excited that I found your blog!