Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Sunday, December 21, 2008

80 and fabulous

My grandma absolutely rocks. She just turned 80 and is still going strong. She lives on the farm with my uncle and gets up at 4am everyday to milk the cows.

She's like super-grandma, she lifts weights every morning, can do one-handed push-ups and she can juggle like a mad woman. She cross country-skis the half-mile down to the mailbox and back every day during the winter.

And so I sit here, listening to her talk to my mom and my aunts in Finnish, and I think "Man, I'm so lucky I got to come home for Christmas this year."

When my grandmas moved to the US, there were no planes, she had to come by boat to New York and then by train the rest of the way to MN. They didn't have a phone, so she wasn't able to call home at the drop of a hat. She didn't get to fly back to Finland once a year, and email and internet were still decades off from being invented. She went years without talking to her family.

All things considered, us expats have it pretty easy nowadays, huh?

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Blogger Milk Jam said...

Wow go Ksam's grandma! i was trying to decide if you were... um... embellishing the truth on super-grandma but i think i believe you!

but i know what you mean, my parents lived in Switzerland between 1978-82 and they were able to fly there but it cost over $1 a minute to call so they only called home twice in 4 years - once when i was born! otherwise it was letters back and forth, a few weeks to arrive and then a few weeks for the response to get back - crazy! no neufbox, how did they do it?? lol

December 21, 2008 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Chrissie said...

Wow, your grandma sounds like an amazing woman! I hope that I will be in the same excellent shape when I am her age!

I'm so happy for internet which allows me to keep in almost daily contact with my own grandma back in the US.

December 21, 2008 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Ksam said...

Dude, come on - I wouldn't lie about my grandma!

December 22, 2008 at 1:39 AM  
Blogger Milk Jam said...

it was the one-handed pushups that made me have the ever so slightest doubt... :-)
go super grandma! :-)

December 22, 2008 at 10:56 AM  

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