Sunday, April 1, 2012

shoes at the door


I won't ask how much you paid for your walkin' shoes, as mine own are creased, cracked, and not for sale. Kick them off entering grandma's house, she insists, leave'em at the mat, ignore the scent of burnt peonies as you enter. She's lost her sense of smell at ninety, but is in full faculty of her ancient funny bones. She'll tell you of the redhead stomping grapes barefoot, black farm mud oozing between her small toes in 1922, or looking over her shoulder in Atlantic City, imagining the phantom of the beach step by stepping into her playful duck prints. And don't get her going about a favorite eccentric uncle teasing a wide-eyed wonder of six just how there's only one proper barefooted way to prepare scrambled eggs.

image:
ParkeHarrison
Study of Nest, 1994

14 Comments:

Blogger Brian Miller said...

ha will have to try that barefoot egg making...and i have a gramma just like that...

4/01/2012 12:38 PM  
Blogger Other Mary said...

I love this snippet of Grandma. It makes me think of mine. Thanks.

4/01/2012 1:51 PM  
Blogger Catfish Tales said...

I've always loved those old ones and their colourful tales!

4/01/2012 4:46 PM  
Blogger Little Nell said...

Barefooted scrambled eggs! - what a tease that old uncle was!

4/01/2012 5:42 PM  
Blogger SueAnn said...

Your words are quick-witted and fun!
Great read!
Hugs
SueAnn

4/02/2012 6:22 AM  
Blogger hyperCRYPTICal said...

Excellent words - a fine story told.

Anna :o]

4/02/2012 6:32 AM  
Blogger Tess Kincaid said...

Yummy quirkiness...I want somma them barefoot scrambled eggs!

4/02/2012 11:25 AM  
Blogger Kay said...

oh...'the scent of burnt peonies'...just has to be the best line yet...wonderful magpie!!

4/02/2012 12:10 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

Precious ninety year old with memory intact, sense of humour too!

4/02/2012 1:50 PM  
Blogger The Bug said...

I think having a sense of humor is WAY more important than a sense of smell :)

4/02/2012 3:51 PM  
Blogger ~T~ said...

Barefoot is the way to be! Grandma's always right.

4/03/2012 2:54 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

Bedazzled and barefooted.

4/03/2012 4:25 PM  
Blogger Jinksy said...

And a perfect joining of age and youth in this piece...

4/04/2012 5:30 AM  
Blogger Helena said...

Hey! Hey! I love this little snippet saga of a fun loving Grandma. Glad the prompt took you there!

4/04/2012 7:22 PM  

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