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a hanky, spit and crying kids
Posted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:46 pm
I hate to bring anyone down on this fine tropical night, but my granny passed away yesterday.
what I'd like to discuss with my FFF brothers is this - upon hearing the news memories came flooding back about my child hood when Nana was in charge. Is it just my tribe or did we all suffer this as generation x'ers?
After surfing and ice creams, and terrorising sea gulls, Nana would bundle us 3 boys into the car. Then to make things right - she would belt our feet and legs until all the sand was off, then spit in a hanky and wipe our faces free from ice cream etc
Nana spit mixed in with lip stick
anyone else suffer Nanna abuse?
nah nah it's all good, I salute you Nana, Here father built the Sydney Harbour Bridge and my arse still hurts from being busted looking at xmas pressies under her bed.
Posted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:09 pm
Very sorry to hear it BB, nanas are gold. Col Elliott said it perfectly with his song "Hankies from Nana".
Posted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:21 pm
Yep, my favourite goes into a home in the next month or so. Sad to see how the old folks deteriorate so quickly.
Might even give them a call tomorrow just to tell them we are coming to say hello at Christmas time.
Posted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:02 pm
sad news BB......I miss my nanna too....
Always had a cure for anything from a graise to a missing limb..I don't miss the cod liver oil shots (spoons full)but
Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:39 am
Sorry about the sad news BB.
I was in part raised by my Grand-Ma, and misses her dearly...
It's kind of strange, being over 40 and still missing Grand-Ma...
But she did teach me among other things to try to stay an honest man what ever the situation, and for that I will always be grateful to her.
And she was the best cook ever!
Have a good day,
Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:03 pm
Sorry to hear on the loss mate..
my grandparents were war refugee Russians. My grandfather taught me to drive a semi at 6 and the car at 8 he was always p...ed on his home made vodka so had to have someone to drive for him!! No one could make me feel as proud of myself as he did when he told me I had done a good job on the farm.
My grandmother was a real mix of hard and soft., but boy could she cook. "Eat eat" she would say as she ladled more food into my rail thin pre teen body. I am pretty sure she fed me everything from cat to internals of bulls balls, just because she used to eat the stuff, but hey, really what you dont know.....
She had a mad play on words. One time we were driving along (had a licence by that stage) towing a caravan up the old pacific hwy to Gosford. Van got a bit of a sway going, a semi passed and over we went. As we slid up the road on teh passengers side, my gran, in a thick russian accent, while she sat with her hands calmly in her lap said "Uh nu, now we diet" in the calmest voice ever. When i got her out of the car, trying hard not to laugh too much, I explained the difference between die and diet. She laughed and told me maybe she was loosing weight just from shitting herslf. Just summed up how funny oldies can be and how quick their minds really are.
Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:47 am
sad to hear BB...we have the grandparents up at the moment for the birth of Kate...they have a great bond with the kids...
Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:43 am
Condolence Clance, funny what you remember isn't it?
Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:07 pm
cjgp wrote: thick russian accent, while she sat with her hands calmly in her lap said "Uh nu, now we diet" in the calmest voice ever. When i got her out of the car, trying hard not to laugh too much, I explained the difference between die and diet. She laughed and told me maybe she was loosing weight just from shitting herslf..
that's gold cjgp!
that was a touch generation - world wars, hard labour. My grand dad was a cane cutter in north QLD. They woudl bend forward slightly and cut that cane at about a foot off the ground - it so happens that was the same height of my little naughty arse - same leaning forward posture, same angle of attack for wacking your bottom!!
Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:22 pm
Sorry to hear that mate - they're great value, the Grands. Tough love from an entirely different era - I say (too late for me now) to respect and LISTEN to them now! Kids can learn a lot from the old folk - big loss for Great-Grandkids too, though they'll never know.
Chin up Champ - I like your style, they deserve a thought every now and then. Thanks for reminding us all.