Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Funnies

When our daughter Katy got married, her husband Travis already had a daughter from a previous marriage. Grams was delighted with the idea of a ready-made granddaughter. But his daughter lives in the Chicago area so visits are few and far between.

In fact, we first met her just a few days before the wedding. They arrived in Corpus Christi late in the afternoon. We had been busy all day with wedding details and were all tired. There was no dinner cooked, so we decided to visit our neighborhood Whataburger for a quick dinner.

Each of us stepped up to the counter and placed our order. Travis and Mady stepped up to the counter and he asked her whether she wanted a hamburger or chicken strips. She looked up at him with her innocent 7-year-old eyes and said "I'm a vegetarian!"

He didn't miss a beat. He turned to the young lady behind the counter and asked if they had broccoli, asparagus and other vegetables. The cashier looked a little perplexed and didn't respond at all. Mady quickly said "I don't eat that."

So Travis continued, "You said you're a vegetarian. If you don't eat vegetables, what do you eat?"

Undaunted, Mady replied "COOKIES!"

Travis turned to the young cashier and ordered a Justaburger.

A year later, we saw her again. Katy and Travis were busy so Mady and I were spending a day together. We went shopping. We were at Marshalls and there were a few things she wanted to try on. I told her to come out and show them to me, that I would wait by the entrance to the dressing room. The sales clerk who was checking people into the dressing room asked "Are you shopping with your grandmother?" As she held up her hand between us, she replied, "She's not my grandmother. She's nothing to me." I will admit, I felt a little stung by those words. But I told her that it was true I wasn't actually her grandmother and we could just be good friends.
Mady & Grams dancing at her 13th birthday party.
It's been quite a few years since those first awkward meetings. She's grown into quite a lovely and talented young lady and we've grown to love each other. She calls me Grams now just like Our Little Princess. But we still don't see her very often. Chicago is a long way from South Texas.


  1. How sweet that you have gone from being "just good friends" with Mady to Grams. Love the dancing picture. Looks like you both had a great time. :) Love you bunches!

  2. I'm sure the "nothing to me" comment was hard and painful to swallow. So glad to hear you're friends now and she considers you "Grams." Love the photo!

  3. What a lovely attitude you have. I'm sure you're easy to call grams!