Family woes

February 27, 2007 at 7:00 am (gran)

Is it ok to not like your grandmother? I find myself faced with this question every time I have to speak to the woman. I guess I’m supposed to feel guilty about not being the loving granddaughter of the Hollywood type but I feel more like the wolf than Little Red Riding Hood in this saga.

She’s old. I give her that – I know being old already engenders sympathy. But she’s heartless and horrible and I don’t want her to be my granny.

I want a granny who’s nice and warm. Who is happy to see me when I get around to visiting. Who doesn’t shove my other cousins’ achievements down my throat left, right and centre. Who says nice things to me instead of criticising all the time. Who doesn’t tjank every time my dad’s around so he can open his wallet to make it better. I just want a granny who I could be happy to call my granny instead of ‘that woman’.

If I was religious I would surely have to pray all day to ask for forgiveness for these thoughts. But I’m not. So I won’t.

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