What a Grandmother Is

A grandmother is a lady who has no children of her own, so she likes other people’s little girls. A grandfather is a man grandmother. He goes for walks with boys, and they talk about fishing and tractors and like that.

Grandmas don’t have to do anything except to be there. They are old, so they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is enough if they drive us to the market where the pretend horse is and have lots of dimes ready. Or if they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves or caterpillars. They should never “Hurry up.”

Usually they are fat, but not too fat to tie the kids’ shoes. They wear glasses, and they can take their teeth and gums off. It is better if they don’t typewrite or play cards, except with us. They don’t have to be smart, only answer questions like why dogs chase cats or how come God isn’t married. They don’t talk baby talk like visitors do, because it is hard to understand. When they read to us they don’t skip words or mind if it is the same story again.

Everybody should try to have one, especially if you don’t have television, because Grandmas are the only grown-ups who have got time.

~ Compiled from descriptions given by grandchildren ages seven to thirteen