Grandma Antics

Taking a walk

Last night I went for a walk in the neighborhood with my 13 year old grandson and 7 year old grand daughter. There was not a single soul or car in sight. At the end of the street was a deep red sky from a Florida sun gone down, silhouetting a palm tree and darting night bats making marks across the sky. All was quiet except for an occasional bark from a back yard dog.

We chatted away about people's cars and boats and landscapes. If there was a lull in our aimless chat, my grandson would spit. A few more minutes passed and I gave him a challenge, "I bet I can spit further than you." He stopped and looked at me with eager eyes. The challenge was on! He twisted and screwed his mouth around trying to summon up enough liquid for the first spit round. I drew a line in the middle of the street. We stood 5 steps back from the line. He spit. I spit. He won. My mouth was dry as the dessert, but his was again ready for the saliva duel. At this point, I noticed that the princess was standing away from us. Aloof, as if she'd never participate in anything so crude. But she watched patiently as we lined up for another round. This time I tried harder. "Patooey!" I yelled as my feet left the ground. And he, with all his young spit, spat. He won again. He pummeled his chest like Tarzan and yelled, "Spit champion of the world!"

Thank god, dark was closing in, and mosquitoes were landing for free food. "I'll race you to the house!" I said. I was out of breath as I turned the key in the front door. I thought to myself, Oh lord, what kind of an influence am I having on my grandchildren. The role is to bake cookies or read stories, and here I am spittin' in the streets. But then, my grand daughter grabbed my hand and put her sweaty little face on my arm and said, "Mimi, you're the coolest grandma ever! I just love you to pieces." Mission accomplished.

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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America

:) that's awesome nothing better than knowing you've made that type of impression with them. That is something that will stick with them.

Preston 5 years ago

Guess you're not from California...there's actually a law on the books forbidding you to spit within 5 feet of someone.

I bet he's a "spitting image" of you. (I know, that line was perfect)

Go grand ma!

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

I am smiling to myself imagining your bonding time with your grandchildren...spitting contest and all. When I was a child we used to have watermelon seed spitting contests in the yard after a family picnic. Haha! Innocent fun and (in my case) long remembered. Your grandchildren will undoubtedly remember things like this as they continue to grow up. Go grandma!!! :)))

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clara kish@yahoo. 5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio


I enjoyed your hub about Grandmas Antics. I tried to decide between that and Johnny Cash . Grandma won out Johnny will have to wait till next time. Thanks for following me .Clara

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teaches12345 5 years ago

I like your grandparenting style. It sounds like something I would do with my own. I have spent many hours playing pretend games and creating fun adventures with them since they were able to sit up. Your story is so endearing and reminds us what is important in life. Too soon they are grown but the time we spend with them now will make a difference. Voted up!

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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

You are not watching the oscars? Me neither. Thanks for the visit. Oh teaches, I am the best Mimi you will ever meet. Love the grandkids. Thank you for the vote.

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