Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

I took this picture of my grandma Elpidia several years ago, as she was en route to the Philippines.  She says the funniest things, partly because she knows she can away with these things.  

Example 1:

Grandma is staring quietly at me over the breakfast table. It is a week after my first trip home from Cambodia.

Me [aware that she is staring]: What is it, grandma?

Grandma: You're not as dark as you were when you arrived.  Your skin is getting back to normal.  You no longer look like you were toiling in the rice fields.

Example 2:

Three days ago during a telephone call.

Grandma: You're old, you know.

Me: Yes. Is that news to you?

Grandma: You're old. Is this . . . is this . . . just how you are?   

(I still don't know what exactly she meant because she wouldn't elaborate, but I think it had to do with my work abroad.)

Happy Mother's Day to my crazy mom and grandmothers!  I love you.


  1. haha! your grandma sounds hilarious!

  2. Yes, she is a gem! Now that I don't see her as often as I did, I think I appreciate her humor more, though she was clearly serious in both of those instances.


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