Monday, February 28, 2005

A Grandma's Morning

Yesterday I had a "grandma's morning." I am not the only American-born grandma (savta) in Israel, in case you thought I was. Over the years I have gotten to know about six or seven. A few of us have all of our kids and grandkids living in the USA, and a few (the lucky ones) have some or all of their kids and grandkids living here, where they can see them frequently. One of my grandma friends, B, has moved in with her resident daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters. They all moved to the "country" up in the beautiful Galil, near Safed (Tsfat), about two years ago, and since then I hardly get to see her. Yesterday she was in Tel Aviv and we had coffee together in my neighborhood, and then taxied over to our mutual friend R's neighborhood for lunch. R. has a new dog, a toy poodle, and didn't want to go far from home, so there we sat in a cafe, three elderly ladies, one with a poodle on her lap, exchanging photos of our grandchildren, talking about medical problems, face lifts, wrinkle-concealing makeup, physiotherapy, recent and planned trips, infertility, blogs, webchats, and having an absolutely delicious time. I suggested we take up mah jong, to make the picture complete. Dolce far niente!


James J. Na said...

You talked blogs???!!!

Sheesh. Grandmas now a days!

Third Street said...

"old age" ain't what it used to be. Many of the over 70 women I know are incredibly COOL.

Savtadotty said...

James: I have not had a conversation in weeks that did not include some talk about blogs, even if it's just to reply to the question "What is a blog?"

Third Street: The women I spent my morning with are not yet 70, but we are all 60+.

I am formulating a theory of aging, but it keeps slipping into one cliche or another: on bad days it's "old age is not for sissies," and on good days it's "I'm not getting older, I'm getting better."

Third Street said...

Didn't mean to imply that you or your friends were over 70. I was thinking of my mom and mom-in-law.

The 60's are YOUNG.