Lesson 3. Always bet a Quinella

Grandmother’s are supposed to teach you a lot of things, like how to bake cookies, sew on buttons, or prune a rose bush. My Mémè doesn’t teach me those things though, instead she taught me the more important skills of life: how to cry my way out of speeding ticket, French cuss words, and that you should always bet a quinella at the race track. … Continue reading Lesson 3. Always bet a Quinella

Lesson 2. Just Roll With It

My Mémè is a fly by the seat of her pants woman. I am not, and honestly when your trying to do things with an 80 year old woman, you can’t wing it. The thing you can do is appear to wing it. This is, I’ve realized, is what my Mémè actually does. We should start at the beginning. When planning the trip I tried … Continue reading Lesson 2. Just Roll With It

Lesson 1-Always Grab A Sweater

  The whole point to our trip to Florida was for the warmth. My Mémé doesn’t enjoy the cold; she keeps the heat in her house at 80 and still says she’s freezing. Well, let me tell you, she claimed it was arctic out the whole time we were in Florida and I swear to you I was wearing shorts most of the time.   … Continue reading Lesson 1-Always Grab A Sweater

Lessons from a Matriarch- Meeting my Matriarch

My grandmother, we call her Mémé which is short for Mémére is one of my biggest role models, she’s no-nonsense, doesn’t take crap from anyone, and always has something to say. At 83 she’s just starting to lose her mobility and her marbles. When I’m trying to describe my Mémé I always start with she was a nurse for nearly 40 years. Why I start … Continue reading Lessons from a Matriarch- Meeting my Matriarch