Grace in Small Things #4: In Praise of Grandma


1. Not a small grace note but a BIG grace note: my mother has been visiting us for the past week and having her here makes living so far away suddenly seem manageable.   It’s both extraordinary that she’s here and…completely ordinary. Of  course she’s here; Grandma always comes to visit in the fall.  The fact that she flew fifteen hours to do so…well, that’s just logistics.

2. Grandma brought candy corn. The genuine original high-fructose orange-and-white pyramidical “corn.” Bags of it. Five bags, to be precise.  Which should be just about enough—for me.  If my children are very, very nice to me, I may share a few kernels with them. Maybe.

3. Henna. We got henna tattoos, even though we weren’t guests at a Mumbai wedding. My very blue mother, who lives in a very red state, joked that now her neighbors (who were aghast when she voted for Obama) will be certain that Barack has converted her to Islam:

4. The team uniforms of the soccer club that organizes the teams Liam and Caleb play for: they look like human candy corn. Or McDonald’s workers. Or escapees from a Where’s Waldo book:


5. The fact that an actual reader of my blog (a reader! I have an actual reader who is not my mother, is not a relative, and who found this blog through…well, I have no idea how she found me, but I’m glad she did) saw fit to email me with the name of the woman here in town who cooks and delivers real Mexican food.  Muchas gracias, Tracy!

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5 Responses to Grace in Small Things #4: In Praise of Grandma

  1. anna ~ random handprints October 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    your mom is the best! enjoy her visit and the rockin’ henna tattoo. oh, and the candy corn of course.

    when i lived outside the usa my mom brought me peanut butter and bisquick.

  2. Stasha October 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    Oh, have a blast! Moms are to spoil their children and you are to soak up and give back the love. And boys, they must be so happy!

  3. jacqui October 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    I’m so glad your mom flies 15 hours to visit you and the grandchildren! Awesome! And I absolutely love the henna tattoos…I have always wanted to do that!

  4. Vita November 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    I’m not your mom AND an actual reader 🙂 It’s just so hard for me to find the right words in English which is why I usually refrain from commenting on your blog. However, I love reading about your adventures!

  5. Tracy November 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    You are most welcome. Do you do the art nights at Cafe Arabia? You must. We are all there. Bring your mom.

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