Grandma on a speedboat

Handwritten page of a diary dated December 26, 1972

took one look at the old photo and I said, ‘Hey Gramma don’t look so happy will ya?’

She said, ‘well they dragged me out in the boat that day when they previously told me we were just going to have a birthday picnic for Pastor Williams and when I found out they were giving me a ride on an outboard motorboat I said ‘Lemme at least go home and put on some pedal pusher slacks and get a scarf since I just got my hair done yesterday morning and I want it to still look nice for church tomorrow’ but they didn’t want to take me over home and I don’t mind saying that I was hopping mad.’

I saw her try to sneak in the kitchen with that photograph but I followed her and she was going to rip it and I talked her out of it. I said she looked like she was stylish because I know she likes that word and she said, ‘yes I did have my hair short before other 45 year old women around here were doing it but there must be a better picture of my hair with me smiling and sitting up straight and not wondering if I should wear that life preserver pillow on my arms since this old boat could tip over at any second.’

I distracted her by asking about how come she was the only one who could make good pie crust and pretty soon she set the snapshot down to show me about the rolling pin so I picked up that picture and rescued it into my jeans pocket.


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