Grandmother’s Advice – Family Pagoda

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields – Addiction to Purple.

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Grandmother’s Advice – Family Pagoda

When we were children, we would sit with our grandmother and gaze at the boats on the lake.
She would stitch away at her patchwork quilt and listen to our problems.
‘Remember,’ she once said. ‘Hitting people is wrong; although,’ she laughed.
‘A quick slap to make a point and a kick up the butt is good for lazy ne’er-do-wells.’
She shook her head and pointed at us. ‘Yea, they soon forget the pain and may even thank you.’
‘Whatever you do; don’t torment people.’ She wagged her finger. ‘Emotional scars don’t heal.’
She would never talk about Uncle John.

30 responses to “Grandmother’s Advice – Family Pagoda

  1. Maybe if she talked about them, they would actually heal… I’m afraid I wouldn’t thank her for slapping my face, though 😀

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  2. So very good. A lot is said in that last line.

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  3. Oh I like that Grandma!

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  4. Uncle John is dead to her… It happens. I appreciate what you didn’t say. Hits with a punch.

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  5. You’ve painted a vivid scene, showing us both Grandmother’s lightheartedness and seriousness. The last line is powerful!

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  6. Grams is right. A swift kick in the rear never hurt anyone for long.
    You gave us a lot to speculate on with the mention of Uncle John. That story could go multiple directions.

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  7. A tender and poignant glimpse into family history and what is ‘unspoken’ A touching story James.

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  8. What isn’t said is more than what is. That grandma is a narcissist and will probably damage her grandkids with all of that bad advice — not to mention her slaps!

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  9. Advice from grandparents are always a mixed bag. I’m speculating, but I imagine John left an emotional scar with grandma. Nice story, James. =)

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  10. grandma’s words are worth considering. but like they say, for every rule, there’s an exception.

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  11. Quite a jokey piece suddenly turns a bit ominous at the end. Nice one!

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  12. I like this, very thoughtful and leave you asking questions.

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  13. Words of wisdom from Gran. I’m guessing Uncle John didn’t heerd them.

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  14. Good one. I had an Unkie John that was a pure rascal.

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  15. You’ve constructed this well. Grandmother’s teasing of the children suddenly becomes serious and thought-provoking with your last line.

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  16. Methinks Uncle John did not learn the lessons taught by Grandmother…

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  17. Very intriguing! What did Uncle John do?

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  18. The killer last line lifts the piece to a new level

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  19. Dear James,

    Bless Grandma and her wisdom. I can only imagine why she never mentions Uncle John. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  20. Sharon Frame Gay

    I liked this James. There was a lot said in few words. Now I wonder where Uncle John is!

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