Listen, Grandma!

November 12, 2008 7:00 am

This week will contain its share of SIL stories since her visit is still fresh in my mind and there is A LOT to talk about. Having guests in the house is never easy and although they’re adults, they sometimes require just as much supervision as kids do. Jamie and I devised a plan before the SIL showed up and decided to share custody of her for the weekend. This gave each of us a chance to breathe a bit and recharge for the duration of the visit.

Shared custody is always hard but Jamie and I kept things civil when divvying up the time. He took her to dinner on Thursday night and to lunch on Friday and Sunday. I got pedicures and shopping on Friday, Gymboree and lunch on Saturday and shopping on Sunday afternoon. We had a sitter on Saturday night and the three of us went out together. The rest of the meals/times were spent together with the SIL and the kids. Pretty fair, eh?

My SIL is a lot like me in the fact that she doesn’t share the bubbly fairytale personality. When I first went to Gymboree awhile back and they broke into song WITHOUT warning, I had a hard time keeping my cool and not running the hell out of that place. I’ve since learned to burst into magical song along with the rest of them and although I feel weird doing it, my kid likes it so I play along.

I decided to take the SIL to a class at Gymboree to make her squirm and also kill some time. Her face was so worth the trip when the teacher burst into song and had us all form a circle on the floor. This week they’re working on imagination and they were pretending to be choo choo trains as part of the theme. The teacher got everyone on board and was passing out tickets to get on the train. When it came to be Graham’s turn to get the tickets, the teacher said “why don’t you give Mommy and Grandma a ticket too?”. I about died laughing at my SIL (who is only 11 years older than me) being called Grandma. The look on her face was even better. She swears she wasn’t offended but I know better.

Let me clarify, my SIL DOES NOT look like she could be my mother but I really appreciated hearing that. For the rest of the weekend, every time the thought popped into my head, I got a kick out of calling her Granny again. I asked her if she wanted some prune juice or if she needed to sit down. The irony of it is, my SIL is in such great shape and could totally kick my ass. She ran fourteen miles each morning she was here and regularly competes in triathlons and marathons. That only means I enjoyed poking fun even more! Granny has gone back home to CT to take up knitting but I think I’ll enjoy the joke a little longer. Why not blog about it?

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  1. DeeMarie

    Wow!! She’s some kind of sport to take that! I had a 17 year old tell me I was like her mom once. That girl almost got tossed across the room. Sounds like you guys really rationed out the time. That was smart to plan ahead!!

    DeeMaries last blog post..I Need Blog Fodder!!!

  2. Cape Cod Gal

    I would have died and gone to heaven if that had happened to me and my SIL!

    Cape Cod Gals last blog post..An Update From Dusty..

  3. Michele

    That so ROCKS! You’ll be able to dine out on that for a long time.

    You and Jamie played it smart; splitting time. When JR’s brothers visit I ditch him. They are all his!

    Micheles last blog post..Potato-Gorgonzola Gratin

  4. Katie

    That is freaking hilarious!! I am going to burst into silent giggles at some point today when I think about this story. 🙂

    Katies last blog post..Lo Siento, Mama y Papa

  5. Sprite's Keeper

    I once helped my aunt with her three kids at some Disney on Ice show and the usher called me their mother and her the grandma. I was 18. She was livid. I sometimes remind her…

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..GIVE AWAY!!!!!

  6. Laufa

    LOL, that is too funny. My Mom and G-ma look only 12 years apart – possibly sisters, really it’s about 25 years. I’m glad my Mom had me in her 30’s, I don’t want to look like I’m her sister when I get older. My Bro-IL is a biker dude, so looks totally different than my hubby. Roy is more prep, his bro is more tattooed and piercings.

    Laufas last blog post..Blogger Flu

  7. Heather

    I’m one of those crazy people that “break out in song” without warning. Hee. This mornings break out song….Jeramia was a bull frog…Gotta love the 70’s! 🙂

    Heathers last blog post..My little beeeaaatches!

  8. feener

    hee hee hee

    feeners last blog post..I love it when things work out…

  9. goodfather

    @Heather I love that song! Heheh.

    Great post! I love the whole age mix-up thing. My dentist referred to my seventeen-year-old son and I as ‘brothers’ last time we visited. I was like, ‘Oh, yeah…’ 😀

    goodfathers last blog post..Birthday tomorrow

  10. steenky bee

    Sister! I am high-fiving you from Utah. Firsties, I feel much betta! Second, I so wish we lived closer. You seem so funny and so very evil. Two of my favorite things in girlfriends. I love that you teased the crap out of her. You’re awesome. I’m still on a lot of cough medicine, but that’s not what’s doing the talking here when I say that I seriously love you. I’m so glad I found you or you found me in this crazy world. If I didn’t have such an aversion to humidity, The Dolphins and Cuban food, I would soooooo pack up and move to be near you. (I actaully love Cuban food and can tolerate the Dolphins)

    Not so funny story, but sort of related….my MIL is only 9 years older than me….yeah, it sucks. But she definitely looks like a mother in law, you know. But seriously….only 9 years my senior. Tell me that’s not frought with awfulness. (I’m a cougar…my husband is three years younger than me and his mom had him when she was VERY VERY VERY young) Not sure why I felt compelled to share that with you. Now, THAT was the cough medicine talking.

    steenky bees last blog post..Fattie: Week 4 (Jen’s Mean Lean Green Shake)

  11. HeatherPride

    Wow, I feel kind of bad for your SIL, but since she is in awesome shape we can have a chuckle over that one, huh! My mom often gets confused as my sister. Not sure if that’s an insult to me or a compliment to her!

    HeatherPrides last blog post..Oh, Claire, You’ll Never Guess…

  12. Jim

    Make sure she reads it too. I mean really. She should also know we’re reading it.

    Hi ‘Twice as Old as Half’ SIL!

    Jims last blog post..Country Roads

  13. blissfully caffeinated

    Oh my god I busted out laughing when I reached the Grandma part. That is too freaking hilarious. Your poor SIL. That had to hurt.

    Glad to hear that Gymboree is back in action, though.

    blissfully caffeinateds last blog post..Give Up The Funk

  14. jenni

    What? I WISH someone would mistake me for a grandma.


    jennis last blog post..Have You Heard? I’m Having a Baby!

  15. Zip n Tizzy

    That’s priceless.
    I was visiting NY whenTizzy was a baby, and we did a drop in music class which was like Barney on Speed. The girl was aspiring for Broadway, but the parents were worse. I had one mother chasing me around asking for my address and trying to set up a playdate, which was seriously compromising my credibility as visiting the class on a trial basis. I wasn’t going to sign up. I was leaving town in two days!

  16. Captain Dumbass

    It would be criminal NOT to blog about it. You did the right thing.

    Captain Dumbasss last blog post..Spreadin’ On The Awesomesauce

  17. Christy

    Oh come on, she HAD to be offended! Seriously, if someone had said something like that to me I would’ve ended up in the Psych ward somewhere…or prison.

  18. Elisa

    Hi-freakin-larious! Prune juice!!!!

    Ha ha ha! I’m just glad she’s gone so you can get back to blogging. lol

    Elisas last blog post..Scattered Thoughts

  19. Sammanthia

    I would have loved hearing that if I were you and I would have totally been lying had I said I wasn’t offended if I were her.
    Did that make any sense? I can’t even use cough syrup as an excuse.

  20. carrie

    I so hate being the center of attention so gymboree would FREAK me!!!

    carries last blog post..Treadmills Do Not Like Me (12/30)

  21. mrsbear

    That she even let you call her granny without wrestling you to the floor, shows she was somewhat of a good sport. Now what she would say if she discovered you not only had a blog, but that she was the topic du jour, that would be a whole different story. Poor Granny. 🙁

    mrsbears last blog post..Wordless Wednesday – Mama’s Little Muffin Licker

  22. Miss Jack

    Oh, that is SO funny! I SO wish my SIL got taken down like that. Noooooo, I don’t wish that. Maybe just a little bit of humility. What a great story.

    Miss Jacks last blog post..I’m SO Not Here!!!

  23. Toni

    That is funny! Hey, is your Gymboree staying open? I know that was something you were concerned about a while back…

    Tonis last blog post..Thursday Thirteen – 37th edition

  24. Kat@MotherFonker

    Hahaha.. I cried laughing abt grandma.

    But then again, if she’s a mean muscle machine….

    Could it be YOU’RRRRRRRE grandma?


    Kat@MotherFonkers last blog post..Kiddie books for mom

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