I did not ever want to be like many of them.
I vowed that I want to be a nice old lady, even when I want to smack those young whipper snappers into shape with my walker, I will be pleasant.
1.Be nice. When you hear four letter words coming out of strange kids, be nice. Smile and do not batt an eye. I can the say the F word with more impact that will stop the sound in an auditorium. I am not impressed with their lack of vocabulary: I'm better. Do not bother putting them in there place.
2. When able bodied teens take up the handi-capped seating with their jackets and book bags, speak up.
"Could some of you move over so this gentleman with a walker can sit down before he falls in your lap , please?" You should see the kids move.
3.If you don't like a new fashion, don't talk out loud about it.
"See that disgustingly short pewtred green shoes that gal with the big nose is wearing?"
That is so rude. Comments like that embarass thoes around you.
4. Never kiss little kids on the lips, especially if your teeth are going to fall out or you smell like Velveta cheese. E-w-w! Ask if you can have a hug.
5. When someone asks how you are, they really are just being polite. Skip the organ recital about your lumbago, gout, and your colonoscopy. No one wants to go there. Try to be postive. "I have been keeping busy," will suffice.
6. If you need help, ask for help. Never guilt your kids into doing things for you. They would most likely just help you after communicating your need.
7. It is OK to bore the grand kids with family stories. They will thank you one day for knowing about the family geneology. Do keep the stories on their level.
8. If the grand kids are acting out their hormonal stage, quietly walk away.
9. Never bribe the grand kids to like you. They will love you if you are a good listener.
10. Enjoy what you have. Express Gratitude often. Don't whine and complain to get attention. You may have aches and pains in places you never knew you had, but do not pull those around you into your misery.
11.Do express that you are not feeling well. Ask to be excused to take a nap. Even ask for help in doing things that aggrivate your pain. Communicate your needs but don't use the lumbago to monopolize the conversation. It is acceptable to ask for help.
12. Be ever so pleasant. Try to twist the negative to a postive phrase, instead.
Now it is your turn..
I so want to be a nice old lady, not a crabby-apple. How about you? Is there any thing old ladies do that make others feel ucomfortable, so I do not do it? Let me know, please while I can still find my glasses. Eh?
I am Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna, saying, "Make good choices."
This post was repurposed from January 23, 2012 post from my Bbuublews.com page.