11 Signs You're Actually The 'Grandma Friend' Of Your Friend Group

11 Signs You're Actually The 'Grandma Friend' Of Your Friend Group

Are you sure you don't want any more food?

Everybody knows who the “mom” of their friend group is. Some even know who the “dad” is. But have you ever stopped to think of who the “grandma” is? I have been dubbed as the grandmother of my friend group. Here are some ways to figure out who your grandma is.

1. You’re constantly complaining

It’s too hot. It’s too cold. It doesn’t have enough flavor. It’s too spicy. Usually the complaining is about food, but it could also be about things like the weather or the fact that nobody ever comes to visit you.

2. You always have something that hurts

Is it your knee or your ankle today?

3. You either have food or know where to get it

Let me just grab some granola out of my purse, dear.

4. You have strange hobbies

Knitting, mahjong, solitaire, gardening, bingo or bridge may be one of them.

5. You love going to bed early

How can your friends even go out when it’s dark? By the time it’s dark you’ll have been in bed for an hour.

6. You want to take care of everybody

If one of your friends isn’t feeling well, you try to remedy them as best you can, whether it be with ginger ale, a cough drop or cookies.

7. You love getting your friends gifts

I made you this blanket, sweetheart!

8. You’re bad with technology

What’s a Facebook?

9. You love to read

And you try to go to the library at least once a week.

10. You always refer to the past as “the good old days”

Back in my youth, everything was so much better…

11. You love all of your friends “equally”, but you actually have a favorite

As with grandchildren, you definitely have a favorite, but you keep it quiet.

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A Granddaughter's Love For Her Grandpa

We didn't get to spend enough time together, but what we shared, left an imprint on my heart that can never fade.
I always knew that I was special, but I didn't comprehend what that really meant; I kind of had to wing it.

My first recollection of getting a vision, message or seeing the future was when I was little. My mother's parents lived in Englewood, Florida, and we used to go visit them when I was growing up. We didn't go every year or anything like that, but we went often enough to where I got to know my grandparents.

I knew that my mother grew up in Detroit and she had two younger siblings: my aunt, and uncle. My uncle became my godfather, and he used to live in Battle Creek and tell us stories about when Kellogg's would provide free cereal for the entire town.

He was a funny, goofy guy, but also serious. I suppose they had to be as my mother never spoke of her childhood giving an indication that it had been perilous at times. She was always said to have had, "a rough childhood," which was often used to excuse allowing me or my siblings anything she had been deprived of.

In many ways, I felt like an adult by the age of seven. When I was sick, I knew I was ill and therefore responsible to manage myself. On the plus side, this made me very resourceful, creative, independent and self-reliant, although I'll be the first to admit that I was plenty sheltered to the point of believing that evil things would never find me. It was more naivete than was required and truthfully, allows for a healthy amount of dislike as I see the well-meaning wishes of my caregivers as basic as selfishness while also, potentially destructive.

"How is your daughter going to learn how to protect herself when she believes that everyone out there is as good as her? If you don't teach her to expect nefarious characters, she will ultimately fail when one finds her."

Luckily, I'm not that girl anymore, but it took arriving in adulthood to learn after being consistently harmed by people who swindled and deceived innocent females like me.

The first time I ever swam in the ocean was when I visited my grandparents in Florida.

I recall that all four of us dug a hole in the sand as we sat inside of it expecting it to hold its form, but the waves filled it up, and our structure was lost. My little sister tried to eat sand that day, while I felt liberated and wished the sun had shone just a bit brighter that first day at the beach.

It was Easter and that year, they hid a birthday cake for me in the back of the house. It was white with blue frosting and had flowers on it; I even got to wear a birthday hat. Every year after that, I requested the same thing for my birthday: white sheet cake with colored, frosting flowers. It was my favorite, a tradition, probably because that was one of my first, happy memories as a kid. A lot of the time, things always seemed a whole lot better when we were away from home.

My grandmother was withdrawn, and a lot like my mother. They both were very quiet, reticent and could be very distant, almost cold. The reason I noticed this was that even as a young child, I tried to connect with people, especially, my relatives, friends and their families. I liked to share stories, jokes, feelings, and bond. Whenever I attempted to get to know my grandmother, she ignored me and after repeated attempts, I gave up on her.

I accepted who she was, AKA her personality, along with how it was unlikely to ever change and stopped trying. For whatever reason, she seemed to want her space which I get as an introvert, but as her granddaughter, who seldom saw her, that, I did not grasp.

If anything, it explained much, most notably, why my mother was the way she was. To be truthful, I was on the fast track to being just like her, but somehow, I managed to avoid repeating the cycle of withdrawn resentment, coldness, and isolation. I broke a barrier that was literally stitched into my skin and rebelled in a glorious way.

My grandfather, on the other hand, was a cheery man. He had a chuckle and called me Chrissy. At least, he paid attention to me, he smiled and laughed a lot; he seemed to genuinely enjoy being a grandfather, which made me happy.

This is the only remaining photo that I have of me and my grandpa, since most of my childhood possessions and memories were forever lost. I was four months old, sporting one hell of a hairstyle while grandpa had his trademark grin.

I notice he was not wearing his wedding ring which is something I once did when I could no longer love for two, felt unhappy, unsupported and miserable. I was searching for a way to leave one of the worst commitments I ever made to another. In a similar vision that I had with my grandpa, I had one where my ex would leave me once we older and I couldn't sit through that.

Whenever we weren't at the beach or Walt Disney World, we were stationed at their small, white house that had lemon trees growing in the backyard. Grandpa talked about snakes, although I never saw any. There was a smell to their house like the sea, salty air mixed with memories and my grandpa's laughter.

He was an accountant back in Detroit, that was all I knew of his profession. My grandma was a housewife and my dad's father was a soldier and worked for Ford. Both of my grandmothers took care of the household and even as a little girl, I had my "Business Girl Barbie" and just knew that I was going to be a career woman.

The thought of being a stay-at-home mother was disappointing to me, for I knew I was too smart and gifted to waste away without giving back to the world. I'm not saying that stay-at-home mothers are wasteful, but for me, to not work was a shame.

I suppose the apple did not fall too far from the tree as I was gifted with accounting and math skills just like my grandfather. My godfather went into the CPA field, as well, so I knew I got that from my mother's side. I also got a fair complexion and a sense that I could see into the eyes of my grandpa and godfather. It was a sight that meant "all-knowing" to me. It's like our eyes could speak of depths without saying a word, a silent comprehension with just a look, which always struck me to my core-much more palpable than a phrase or word could have.

Besides playing inside the screened in back porch doing make believe things with my willing siblings, there wasn't much discussed there. Like I said, there were glances, looks, and wordless acknowledgments mostly.

On the bright side, there was never any real drama or yelling, unlike in my dad's family. The rock on that side always seemed to be my grandma, who baked cherry and apple pies and allowed me to have a piece even after I brushed my teeth. To me, that was exciting and by some mystical stroke, I was blessed with the ability to bake, as well as, work and apply myself. I was just too ambitious and driven to only consider raising kids. I wanted to do both and knew that I could.

One summer, after a visit to Englewood, we were all saying our goodbyes and piling back into the car for the long drive back to Baton Rouge.

As I sat in the back seat and my family certainly seemed preoccupied with other affairs, I got a nudge to turn around and look back at my grandparents while they stood in the street and waved us off.

As I did this, I felt a tremendous fear because I knew I was being guided by something I did not understand and it was quite scary. As I glimpsed at my grandfather standing on the road, I instantaneously knew that would be the last time I would ever see him alive and it crushed me. I was overcome with despair.

On the long ride home, I continued to ponder what I suspected, and then I did the most remarkable thing. I must have been only ten years old, but as soon as we returned home, I anxiously wrote my grandfather a letter. I did not tell him what I suspected, but I did tell him how much I cared about him, what I liked about him and how much he meant to me.

Going to see him meant a lot to me and although I half expected him to not have any idea what I was talking about, to my surprise, my grandpa wrote me back. He sounded genuinely touched in his return and began to open up. In a word, I started to see my grandpa for who he really was. Aside from his quant chuckle, he was a sweet, kind and loving man and once I wrote him, the floodgates of feelings rushed through me.

I can say I never really felt close to many of my relatives, with the exception of a few who really got me and at that point, I understood why he made a good grandpa, dad, and husband.

My grandpa gave me hope, and to answer the question: yes, I was right. That was the final time I ever got to see my grandfather alive. It might have been tragic if I'd heard that message and done nothing. Because I knew that time was of the essence with him, I took whatever measures that I could to get to know him and try to make sure that he knew he was important to the little girl who couldn't really comprehend her gift but was really trying.

I'm so glad he opened up to me, and I got to know my grandpa in a way I think few ever would. I believe he is in heaven watching over me, and sometimes I can still feel his smile, hear my name whispered amongst a breeze or find a steady hand guiding me because he loves his granddaughter and he's proud.

"I love you, grandpa. I wish we had been able to spend more time together when you were alive, but I will always cherish the letters we exchanged."

Love, your Chrissy

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I Hope That Heaven Is Your Resting Place

“You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.” -John Green

I was there for two weeks until you died and then I called my last remaining grandfather to come all the way out to the “boondocks” to take me away because I lost a piece of me when you passed away. I remember my great-aunt coming out of your room and announced you dead at 7:03 PM on January 30, 2015.

I remember my grandmother running into the room and just crying and holding your lifeless form and me falling out on the floor to the point where my great-aunt had to lift me up and sit me down. My brother was in the middle of a basketball game when you passed and he wasn’t aware until mid-way through. Mom watched you take that last breath and watched your eyes gloss over and the life rid of your body.

You left behind so much and when you left, you took a piece of me, mom, my brother, my grandmother, my aunts, and everyone around you with your soul. You left your body here in the ground although it may be dust now, but your soul flew up to the Heavens and I can only imagine how happy you are; how free and at peace, you are because there is no more pain and no more cancer in your body.

I got my grandmother a puppy for her birthday. I named him Jack after you, but he doesn’t answer to his given name, so I just call him Dog. Why do I call him Dog? Well, in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly, had an orange cat whom she named Cat, so I find it fitting to have a dog named Dog. I’m sure you are not happy about that, but he makes her happy, so I know that you’re happy. Me? I’m struggling.

I lost you and then my world did a 360. I didn’t know who I was for at least a few months and then on mommy’s 45th birthday, I cried because she has to now celebrate every birthday from here on out without you, as well as me and my brother and grandmother and the rest of the family. I am trying hard to change some things that I did and I want you to be proud of me. I need you to be proud of me.

Are you proud of me? Would Little Granny be proud of me? Would Duke proud of me? Are God and Jesus proud of me? I’m not proud of me, and I don’t think that I’ll be proud of me for a while.

It’s going to take time for that to change, but I’m slowly getting to where I love myself and I’m finding myself a little more each day. Speaking at your funeral was the hardest thing that I had to do and I just wonder what would you want us to say because you were gone? My grandmother kept thinking that you gave up, but I kept telling her that you were tired of living in pain.

I imagined that when you were walking up those long golden stairs, Little Granny and your mom and dad and even your son, Kevin, whom I never knew because he died years before I was even thought about, were waiting at the entrance with open arms. I imagine you in the white robe and your halo around your head.

I imagine you healthy and full of color and life again. I imagine you feeling like you're twenty-five again with a fresh set of lungs to breathe in that are cancer free and a clean colon that has no trace of the disease. I bet you’re combing your hair out because it all came back once you got your new set of wings. Mommy buried a truck with you and a camera and your glasses so that you could drive that truck around Heaven, take pictures of your life up there, and see what you’re doing when you edit pictures.

I really do miss you. I want you back. I need you back. But you’re not coming back. Unfortunately for me and everyone else, that’s not how life works. I’m not saying goodbye because you just moved into a new house that just so happens to be a billion trillion miles away from your wife, your sisters, your daughters, your friends, my brother, your other granddaughters. A billion trillion miles away from me. I hope you are smiling big and showing your teeth. I love you. We’ll reunite again in the future, but first, I have to go and complete your life’s dreams. Stay cozy up there. I love you. I love you. I love you.

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