作者：Kay Heitsch 2020-11-26 07:00
My husband Bill's Grandma Z was quite a character.
Over the years
we grew very close
and I was actually with her when she died.
In Grandma Z's later years
she lived in a nursing home.
Her eyesight was almost gone
and she spent most of her day in a wheelchair.
For the most part,
her mind was sharp
until the end of her life
at age 101.
We lived out of state for several years
and didn't see her all that often.
when we did,
she always brought a smile to my face.
Grandma had her way of saying things
that would crack me up.
On one of our visits,
she leaned forward in her chair
"Kay, let me feel your legs."
I shouldn't have been surprised,
but I was.
"Are you kidding?
What for and why?"
was all I could think to say.
Grandma didn't explain,
so I let her feel my legs.
After giving each leg a few squeezes
she sat back in her wheelchair.
In a very matter of fact way
"Kay, you're getting flabby!
I don't tell everybody this."
I didn't know quite what to think.
Should I be happy
she had selected, just me,
to tell this to?
If that wasn't bad enough
Grandma went on.
Now she wanted to know how much I weighed.
I thought I'd just tease with her
so I joked that
I wasn't about to answer that question.
Grandma was quiet for a moment.
Then trying to catch me off guard
"I weigh 111 right now.
Where do you come in around that number?"
and let her know
I knew she was trying to trick me
into telling her my weight
and it wasn't going to work!
I weighed about 103 at the time.
Certainly not a heavy duty!
I should have just ignored Grandma's "flabby" comment,
but I didn't.
I decided to join a fitness club
after we returned home.
I went faithfully
and had a fun time exercising with the girls.
I made some life long friends in the process.
The next summer
we were back at the nursing home
After giving her a hug
I joined a fitness club!
Don't you want to feel my legs?"
With a tone,
only Grandma would use she gasped,
”why would I?"
last time we were here
you wanted to feel my legs
and you actually said,
"Kay, you're getting flabby!"
after feeling them.
I'll never forget Grandma's response.
In a tone of disbelief,
she scoffed ,
That word is not even in my vocabulary!"