Grandparents and the things they teach you

  • barriehomeboy

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    May 24, 2009 1:27 AM GMT
    My Finnish grandmother taught me how to pour a beer (we're Canadian and beer is a Canadian thing) without it foaming. She also taught me how to play Canasta. What did your grandparents pass on to you?
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    May 24, 2009 4:12 AM GMT
    My grandparents taught me so much - I'd be able to write a book to tell you about all I learned from them. I even lived with them for most of my life. Without them, I wonder how I'd have learned to study so hard; work and play hard; and just be the best kind of guy I can be. I'm grateful to them - every single day. Talk about unconditional love - - - these people exuded this.

  • May 24, 2009 4:23 AM GMT
    My Grandfather was a hard man
    My Grandmother a great Woman
    My GREAT!!!! Grandmother born in 1901... Amazing! I spent a lot of time with her while growing up and the things that she saw in her lifetime were truly amazing! As most of you know the list would be so so long!

    Wish they were still around to learn more from them.
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    May 24, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    My grandmother taught me to always slap on some lipstck before heading into town, and for God's sake take off your chicken coop shoes too!

    They have taught me more than my parents or any textbook.
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    May 24, 2009 4:29 AM GMT
    My grandfather taught me how to work hard at any task that one takes on.
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    May 24, 2009 4:48 AM GMT
    My Nonno was a grumpy old man; he suffered from multiple chronic health complaints in the final decade of his life, and as a consequence had very little time for anyone... but he taught me how to tie my shoe laces like a pro, and well before I'd started at primary school.

    My Nonna, on the other hand, was his polar opposite; she taught me the importance of family, the joys of giving unconditionally, and was also kind enough to bestow upon me the delightful habit of apologising for EVERYTHING... damn you, catholic guilt! icon_neutral.gif

    My other grandparents lived too far away to teach me anything beyond how to spend hours on the phone talking about nothing in particular. icon_wink.gif
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    May 24, 2009 4:49 AM GMT
    I'm very close w/ my family and gosh my grandarents I love them to death and they have taught me so much that I could never write it all out. But they def. installed in me morals, vaules, and shared their wisdom from time to time. However I'd say the funniest things they taught me were their sayings....

    "Taste so good make your tounge wanna slap your brains out" or
    "Tastes so good make your ass wanna chew tobacco" -when something taste good.
    "He looks like he fell out of an ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down" or "She's got ten foot pole marks all over her" -when someone wasn't so nice or attractive.
    "Damn sombody left the gate open" - when traffic is busy
    "Sounds like shes talking with a mouth full of shit" - my grandpa would say that when someone had a nice sweet squeaky voice.

    Theres more but thats all that I can think of right now hahaha.
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    May 24, 2009 8:09 AM GMT
    I never got to know my grandfather on my dad's side, nor my grandmother on my mom's side.

    My grandfather (who we called 'Lolo') stayed in my mom's hometown, so I only got to see him during family visits. He was the jolly but strict grandfather type, the kidn with the permanent smile on his eyes and a scowl on his face. Just as prone to end up laughing out loud as he was to scolding us for being too boisterous.

    My grandmother (who we called 'Mommy') however didn't exactly taught me anything, but the days me, my brother, and our cousins spent on her orchard and her homemade chocolate tabletas and champorado pretty much defined my childhood.

    She was quiet, physically frail, but very strong-willed. Coming from a wealthy family, she eloped with my grandfather to the 'jungles' as this place was back in the days. LOL So she kind of developed that silent strength. Anyway, my best memory of her was when me, my brother, and our cousins were accompanying her to pick some mangoes (or was it santol - a fruit that doesn't have an english equivalent AFAIK) and she almost tripped on a root. The stream of swearwords she let loose while we were all laughing our asses off was and still is the most colorful I've ever heard. One in particular has stayed with me all these years 'putay ng unggoy' (literally 'Monkey's pussy!').

    Oh and I forgot to mention a grandaunt who had an awesome library of children's books (and probably other works of literature too, but I never really noticed LOL). She'd let us bring home her books to read them. icon_smile.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 24, 2009 8:17 AM GMT
    I think my grandparents (on both sides) conveyed determination and conviction. My grandmother's (mother's mother) parents (my great grandparents) were divorced.... it was an eyeopener at the time. I heard all about it from my mother...... what an amazing woman my grandmother and great grandmother were.....
  • zakariahzol

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    May 24, 2009 11:58 AM GMT
    My paternal grandmother , teach me how to enjoy simple village life like feeding chicken, planting flower and growing vegetable. Those memory are so sweet, now seem lifetimes away.
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    May 24, 2009 1:28 PM GMT
    All 4 of my grandparents were born in the 1800s, and both grandfathers died before I was born, my father's dad in 1919 after having 8 children. I only saw one grandmother regularly, and I can't remember her teaching me much of anything, dead by 1959 when I was 10. Well, maybe to read sheet music and play the piano, and to dress well (for a little boy).

    Now my parents did teach me a great deal, but not the thread here, so maybe I should start one.
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    May 24, 2009 3:00 PM GMT

    Grannie and Grandpa... (Mom's side, only met my Dad's mom once when very young)... he an atheist and she a very Roman Catholic. They taught us how opposites can get along and love each other very much and how to see both sides of opposing beliefs and that each can be accommodated and have something to offer each other.


    This is Bill (Hi everyone). I wasn't that close to my grand-dads, but I was to my Nana and Gran. Nana was a no nonsense gal that taught me things about how to get by and inner strength. Gran was much more delicate, and taught tolerance and how to see the good in life when it wasn't obvious.

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    May 24, 2009 3:40 PM GMT
    My grandma taught me the fun and thriftiness of frequenting garage sales.
    We used to go just about every Saturday and I built up quite a neat collection of mechanical banks.
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    May 25, 2009 12:31 PM GMT
    Well i only had one granfather and he used to own power companies such as eon etc so he taught me everything i know about business and economics. also he used to own pubs so he taught me how to serve and all hahaha.

    My nan is one of my best friends i go around every other weekend to keep her company, she means a lot to me, and she used to be a model, so yeah she taught he all different kinds of stuff;
    - politics
    - french
    - Spanish
    - Self respect
    - Confidence.
    And how to hold my head up high in which i shall always thank her for!
    she taught me loadss of other really kool stuff.
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    May 25, 2009 7:26 PM GMT
    my grandmother taught me to cook all her secret recipes and she gave me valuable life lessons and how to treat people. very wise old woman... and my grandfather from my fathers side taught me that i should "never buy puss inna bag" meaning i should never marry or agree to marry without having sex with the person first...and i must say i live by those rules to this day.
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    May 25, 2009 7:31 PM GMT

    I love mine and miss them so much.

    Old Danes and Dutch people.....Gifted, Smart, old world ideals....I want them back

    The talents they had...they helped me to discover within~
  • AlexGuess

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    May 25, 2009 7:40 PM GMT
    jprichva saidOn the other hand, his wife, my grandmother, died in a tragic accident when a little girl from Kansas dropped a house on her.

    Omg I swear I laughed so hard,

    My grandmother is everything to me, she's been my mothers since my mom works all day and i barely see her.

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    May 25, 2009 7:41 PM GMT
    My grandfather taught me to fly. I don't think I would have been a pilot today without him