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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Comparing stroke patients 2 children

It seems that when Mom made her tuna noodle casserole and burgers recently, she made an xxtra tuna noodle casserole 2 take 2 Gramps and Iris's place. Iris told me abt it in a message she sent me thru her MySpace page. She sed that when Mom showed her the casserole, that Iris sed, "Tuna noodle! Yr dad's favourite!" She let me know that this isn't really Grampa Jim's fave, but she didn't want 2 discourage Mom from taking an interest in Gramps and visiting now and then. After putting the casserole on the counter, Mom asked how Gramps was doing, and Iris told her, "Not gr8 2day. He's acting like a little kid." When Mom went up 2 him all, "Dad?" Gramps shouted "NO!" Then Mom asked Iris, "Age 2?" And Iris sed, "Approximately." Aw, plenty of ppl who R all grown up have that reaction 2 C-ing Mom!

At the end of Iris's message 2 me, she wrote, "April, dear, I'm sure your mother meant well, but when she suggested bringing in your little nephew Robin and Anthony Caine's daughter Françoise, so that your Grandpa could have a playdate with his 'peers,' I had to decline. Your mother tries, I know she does, but there I times I can't help wondering what this dame is thinking!"

Yeah, U an' me both, Iris! NOT cube treating Gramps like a toddler.


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  • At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Michael Patterson said…


    Formerly little sis. When Iris says mom’s tuna noodle casserole is not Grandpa Jim’s favourite, this is true. We all know Grandpa Jim really prefers Anne Nichols’ prime rib to a tuna noodle casserole. However, of the things mom has made for Grandpa Jim before: Her poutine, deep-fried chicken, bacon-wrapped burgers, chicken pot pie, fettucini alfredo, pork rinds, etc.; the tuna noodle casserole is his favourite.

    I am in complete agreement with you that you should not treat our grandfather like a toddler. No, he should be treated like a crazy person. That’s what we did at the picnic. Mom gave Grandpa his food by hand to keep him away from sharp objects. We had a very distinctive hat on him, just in case he managed to get up and try to wander, he would be easy to spot. We kept the kids away from him, for their safety. Whenever Gordon’s son got anywhere near Grandpa Jim, Gordon would wrap his arms around him to make sure he didn’t get too close to Grandpa Jim. I had warned Gordon, Grandpa Jim would probably start swearing like a WWII airman. After those precautions, everything went well.

    Mom’s idea for Grandpa Jim to be on a play date with small children? Not on Michael Patterson’s watch. If there is one thing I have learned helping Deanna out with "Parents for Playgrounds", our summer reading program, it is the importance of keeping a safe playground. When I am out there guarding the playground to keep the riff-raff from invading our storytelling sessions, it is people like Grandpa Jim who are at the top of my list. If they look like the kind of crazy, old person, who might start swearing for no reason, they are right out of there. There are a lot of old people in the Milborough parks, but they know better than to mess with Michael Patterson.

    Michael Patterson

  • At 2:06 PM, Anonymous honoria delaney-forsythe said…


    Dearest future sister. Honestly. Three days of blog entries with food so rankerous, I can barely read about them without passing out. I simply cannot believe you are talking about tuna noodle cassssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • At 7:43 PM, Blogger duncan anderson said…


    Is tuna casserole as bad as c-food surprise?


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