There’s A Bunny Under The Bar (My Week With Nana)

25 Oct

“Hey Nana, there’s a bunny under the bar.”

“There’s what?”

“A bunny. Under the bar.”

“Well, how’d she get there?”

“I don’t know.  Maybe she was looking for some hops?”

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These are the kinds of conversations I have with my grandmother.  She had surgery two weeks ago today to remove a cancerous tumor from her colon, not that you’d ever know it from looking at her now.  I’ve been at her house since Monday, and it’s been a week of conversations like the one above.  I figured that today, I’d share some of the better ones.

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1. How To Peel A Potato

Me: “I am terrible at peeling potatos.  I think I ended up with half of the potato I started with.  I should have joined the army- at least then I’d know how to peel a potato.”

Nana: “There are easier ways to learn to peel a potato than joining the army.”

Me: “Oh?”

Nana: “Yes. Like cooking more often.”

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2. Setting The House Alarm

Nana, every night: “I’m setting the alarm.  No going out on any late dates.”

Me, every night: “Oh, but I had such plans!”

Nana, every night: *sarcastic laugh because she knows all my friends live in the internet”

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3. The Orange Chair

Preface: there’s a large orange armchair in the den.  It’s been there as long as I can remember.  My grandfather used to sit in it every night and read, before he passed away.

Me: *sits sideways, throws legs over armrest, opens book* “I love this chair.”

Nana: “It is a very good chair.”

Me: “Even if it is orange.”

Nana: “It was white leather when I was a girl.”

Me: “You had this chair as a little girl?  Did your parents buy it new?”

Nana: “No, they got it from somebody else.  They don’t make chairs like they used to.”

Me: *sits up properly in chair that I now realize may be over 100 years old.*

Nana: “Good girl.”

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4. The Rug

Me: *slips on rug in living area* “Nana, I’m going to tape that rug down.”

Nana: “Ok.  The tape is on the shelf in the basement.”

Me: *gets distracted by the basement of wonder*

Next Day

Me: *slips on rug in living area* “Nana, I’m going to tape that rug down.”

Nana: “You said that yesterday.  The tape is still in the basement.”

Me: *gets distracted by the basement of wonder again*

Repeat every day for a week.

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5. Setting the Alarm Clock

Me: *sets the alarm clock in my bedroom so we’ll be on time for doctor’s appointment in the morning*

10 hours later

Alarm: *Klaxon horn of immediate doom*

Me at breakfast: “That alarm clock is very… insistant.”

Nana: “It worked, didn’t it?”

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Spending time with my grandmother is always an enjoyable time, no matter how many potatoes I have to peel, rugs I have to tape dowm (still have to do that, by the way), or obnoxious alarms I have to endure.  I am truly blessed to have a grandmother like my Nana, and if there’s one thing her cancer diagnosis has shown me, it’s that not a single second spent with her ought to be taken for granted.

I’m off to make dinner.  Thankfully, there are no potatoes to be peeled tonight.

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5 Responses to “There’s A Bunny Under The Bar (My Week With Nana)”

  1. James October 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Some of us live in the future!!

    • Losing My Cents October 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      Which is why some of us slaughter classic quotations to better suit our twisted senses of humors on Facebook… hehe

  2. sydneyaaliyah October 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Ah, I miss my grandmas. They died when I was 12 and 17. But, we had conversations like this. I can totally relate. Thanks for sharing.

  3. ihatepoetry October 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    I love your Nana. She’s priceless. Give a big hug for me! (Missing mine.) Thanks!

  4. segmation October 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    Sounds like your Nana is awesome!

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