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Updated on August 29, 2009

Grandma Did It!

Grandma Did It!
Grandma Did It!

by Ginn Navarre

With all the turmoil in our world with the wars breeding more hate and the economy going straight down to the bottom of the bucket. Add to the fact that every time you turn on the TV all you hear or see is 95% negative. Talk to people in the market or friends any where and they immediately go to some horrible event that they heard about. Oh yes, I know and realize with all that is going on in the world you have to face it for those that are creating this trouble will continue.

With that said! Where do you turn? During rough times we may think that laughter is inappropriate. Crying and laughter are emotions that can many times walk that thin line in our lives and they are contagious. We all have options---I CHOOSE LAUGHTER !

Ask yourself what funny thing did you hear or see today? You might have to go back to a earlier time and draw on your childhood or what uncle Ned or aunt Grace said. I think we all had that special character in our family that provided this trait. Now might be the right time to bring that skeleton out of the closet.

Let me introduce you to my very special CHARACTER---my mother! I hope it may provide you with a chuckle or two, just to carry you through your day.



Yes, grandma was all ours. Thinking back on the many things that she pulle off and we didn't realize at the time how all her every day crazy events would teach us how wonderful it is to be able to just laugh at our selves.

Grandma came from the Ozark Mountains to live with us when our children were small. She looked like the typical grandma should look, maybe a little smaller, about five-foot-two if she was standing on her tip-toes. She could consume a mans size meal at each sitting and still never weighed over a hundred pounds. She always had some type of sewing in her hands if she was sitting still but don't let that fool you. She could be sweet and ornery at the same time. I always thought that the expression "dumb like a fox," fit her perfectly.

We lived in the country and it wasn't long before grandma decided that we should have some rabbits for the kids to raise. Yes, you guessed it. One year later we were in the business of raising and selling rabbits. Now her reasoning was---if you can raise rabbits then you can raise chickens, pheasants, quail, pigeons and throw a few turkeys in there too. It didn't take long for her zoo to get quite out of control and of course the kids loved it. I never knew her to do anything in moderation.

One day sitting out under the big oak tree in the back yard, that is after we fed Noah's Ark. She pointed out that the sparrows were eating all the pheasants feed and she was going to put a stop to it. I should have paid closer attention to that threat. She bought herself a BB gun and the war was declared on sparrows. It was quite a sight. she had placed an old rocking chair under that big tree with her BB gun within reach.

Each day when I came home from work the kids would proudly inform me of grandmas kill number. Like a lot of things, it is what is not said that comes forth sooner or later. It didn't take long before I noticed how often we were having pheasant for supper. Now don't get me wrong, I like pheasant---or did. Finally I questioned the four-year old about grandma's kill record a little deeper and was informed---"grandma kills a lot of those old sparrows and sometimes she shoots the pheasant---when he gets in the way."

Several days later sitting under that old tree, I was reading and grandma was crocheting. I noticed a gopher pushing his way under the lawn. He surfaced about twenty feet from where we sat.

"Now grandma, there is something you ought to shoot at," I pointed out.

She just smiled and looked over the rim of her glasses at me. This was a habit that we all learned that there would be more to come. "Well, if you are such a good shot, why don't you get the gun and shoot it!" she replied.

"All right I will." I informed her. Silently thinking anyone ought to be able to hit that big target. Every time that gopher poked his head up, I took careful aim and squeezed the trigger. The dirt and dust around that gopher mound would kick up a foot high.

Grandma's crochet hook would pause for a moment as she observed my near miss and she would inform me that I had missed. This went on for a period of time and the lawn looked like a war zone. I even convinced myself that if maybe I used the 22-rifle with short-shot bullets it would solve the near miss. Yes, there had to be a logic reason that I wasn't hitting that big target.

We also stacked our fire wood under that big tree. That day the gopher was back and decided to poke his head up and he looked straight at grandma, after all I was no threat. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw grandma slowly reach down and pick up a stick of wood and quickly hurled it. Oh yes, grandma added another notch on her kill record. She never looked at me or said a word just continued crocheting where she had left off.

This is only one of the many antics that came so simply to grandmas every day life. Grandma passed away at 95 years old. Still she left us a treasure of laughter and smiles.

Remember if you meet a man that doesn't have a smile---give him yours.

Oh NO!

Oh No Grandma!
Oh No Grandma!


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    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      9 years ago

      Thanks Nancy, I agree we were really blessed. It wasn't easy raising grandma, but she kept us on our toes. If you need a good laugh to start the day there are two other HUBs there about some of her antic's. (Maybe it's a good thing those two didn't get together???) ha-ha.

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      Nancy's Niche 

      9 years ago

      Your grandma reminds me of mine---feisty, outspoken and what a sense of humor…How blessed we were to have them in our lives…Great article!

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      9 years ago

      Yep, that was her. In her younger days she was wild. She would have made you and I look like saints, which would have stopped the world from spinning for a minute or two. There will be another hub about her today.

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      9 years ago

      That was about gramma daisy?

      All I can remember of her was listening to her tell stories while quilting and her library trips.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      9 years ago

      Patty Inglish, MS---yes we have been blessed with grandparents that lived a long life so we pass on these stories for those that didn't. We will gladly share.

      Princessa, thanks for the welcome. We were blessed with one that was comical but she called it--just comon sense!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      Hi, welcome to HubPages. This was a great story, thanks for sharing it with us. Grandmothers are so full of wisdom, fun and love that it is always heartwarming to remember their stories. I could spend all night listening to my own grandma's stories, they are always so interesting and even in times of tragedy they have a comic side.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I never met or knew any of my grandparents; missed a lot of stories and history that is now lost forever. Grandparents are important.

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      Eheheh, it`s a pleasure to be able to help you ;)

      In fact I believe that grandparents (as parents of our parents) are a great inspiration because after educating their sons and daughters they can better understand which were their mistakes while teaching and they are then able to give better advises to their grandchildren.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      9 years ago

      ripplemaker thanks, I think there is no better time than now to reach out for that smile.

      funride thank you. Funny--grandparents seem to be right up to the top of the list for inspiration. OK, I fixed the two comment capsules thanks again. You young-whipper-snappers think faster and know all this stuff--but we seniors are hanging in there, so now it's your turn to teach us. ha-ha.

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      I was looking for the thumb up button and I couldn´t find it but then I noticed this hub has two comment capsules :)

      OK, now that I have thumbed it up I want to welcome Gin to Hubpages and thank for this lovelly story. You made me think about my grandmother (from my mother) and it`s so good to remember such a great person - she`s still an inspiration to me!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I welcome laughter to survive the insanities of life LOL I enjoyed reading about your grandma. I suddenly miss mine. :-) Welcome to Hubpages.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      9 years ago

      Thanks Anna Marie Bowman, I too crossed paths with an armadillo in Louisiana once and with out Grandma and her gun.

      Thanks Zsuzsy Bee. At 77 the past has a lot to write about, so stand back!

      Thanks a lot, LondonGril. Granny was unique!

      Thank you very much,C.S.Alexis I'll write them as I only know how--with smiles.

      Christoph Reilly -Thanks, I bet we all have one or two of those characters in our lives--we need them now.

      William F. Torpey--Thank you so much, I'm really looking forward to reading about Shamus O'brien.

      Thanks EYEAM4ANARCHY, now I fed the sparrows and don't see any gopher's.

      Thanks Patty Inglish, MS. We all have those good times to draw on and it can make your day brighter.

      guidebaba thank you, I'll try and not shock everyone with the unexpected antics of granny.

      Thanks Benjimester, Yes laughter has gotten me through a lot of my 77 years and will continue.

      Mighty Mom thank you for the great welcome. Grandma storys and others will be just simply from the heart. It's the only way I know.

      Marble Venus thanks so much. Mabe you are lucky because there was a time when we had to take that gun away from granny---another story.

      Cris A thank you. Yes sometimes granny was Two-Hoots!

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      Ginn Navarre 

      9 years ago

      Shalini Kagal

      I'm glad you liked it and I will tell more true-stories about her later. Thank you so very much.

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      Shalini Kagal 

      9 years ago from India

      Wonderful story - look forward to more!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Great story!! It reminds me of a time when I visited my grandparents in Arkansas, and my grandfather killed an armadillo. He shot it, and it flew up in the air. Strangest thing I ever saw. I will never forget it.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Great hub Ginn. I love hubs about past wisdom so please keep them coming.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      9 years ago from London

      Your Granny sounds great!

      Looking forward to reading more of your stuff.

    • C.S.Alexis profile image


      9 years ago from NW Indiana


      Look forward to more stories about your grandma and anything else you would like to share. I will read here as regular as you write them! Best Wishes to you !

    • Christoph Reilly profile image

      Christoph Reilly 

      9 years ago from St. Louis

      I loved the story of "Grandma." She certainly sounds like a character who left behind plenty of happy memories! Thanks for sharing her and Welcome to HubPages!

    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 

      9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I enjoyed this story very much. I look forward to more. I'm particularly interested in grandparents because I was pretty much brought up by my grandmother and I just started a hub about the life of my Irish champion grandfather, Shamus O'Brien, who was a prize fighter from about 1910 to 1922. Welcome to HubPages.

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      Kelly W. Patterson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      That's a great story. I feel for the pheasants caught in the friendly fire.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Fantastic heart-warming story of relatives and good times. Welcome!

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      9 years ago from India

      I am surely expecting the unexpected now.

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      Benji Mester 

      9 years ago from San Diego, California

      You're right, laughter is definitely the best option. Grandma was a very intriguing lady :)

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      Jerilee Wei 

      9 years ago from United States

      Welcome to hubpages and a great first hub! For the rest of you reading this hub, you can expect more great hubs from Ginn Navarre -- as she is my mommy. She taught me all I know about the art of telling a great tale in an interesting way, along with some a common sense and positive approach to life. So if Grama Daisy sounds familiar, you'll get the "rest of the story" in her future hubs. Expect the unexpected!

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Welcome to Hub Pages. We can all use entertaining stories and wisdom like yours -- especially now! Keep the grandma stories coming!

      Cris -- I tried to find your award for hub views but couldn't. I looked back about 12 hours and tried to find on your hubtivity. Well, I'll assume it's correct. Congratulations! How many hub views are you at???

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      Marble Venus 

      9 years ago

      I wish I had a granny like that!! As it is, it's my dad and I who can handle firearms in our family.

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      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Your grandma certainly was a hoot! Thanks for sharing :D


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