Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Beam: A Six Sentence Story

You always knew where you stood with my grandma: she had no filter and pulled no punches.

If she didn't like your hairstyle, or what you were wearing, she would tell you, very matter-of-factly, and while it may have caught you off-guard, you weren't really that insulted by it; it was just her.

If you were out in public with her and she saw a stranger with a hairstyle she didn't like or an unflattering outfit, she would point that out, too. Not directly to them, mind you, but certainly loud enough that they most likely heard her.

"Those pants make that woman look broad in the beam," she would say while standing in the checkout line at the grocery store as you looked around for a hole in the ground in which you could quietly disappear.

Grandma has been gone for 12 years now, and I miss that shoot-from-the-hip, unfiltered woman, while at the same time, I think it's for the best that she was gone before the trend of people wearing their pajamas to Walmart began....

With my grandma, 1993

Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge's Blog for Six Sentence Stories with the prompt "beam"




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    1. Funnier in hindsight than when you were standing next to her in a store!

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  2. Nice description: "broad in the beam".

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  3. Love it! Broad in the beam is a term I've heard grandpa use often. Grandma was 5 feet anyway you measured her. UP or around ! He called her broad in the beam and she'd just chuckle.

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  4. Love that photo! She looks like someone who would light up any room she entered. I remember hearing that expression used many a moon ago.

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  5. lol probably could hear a cookie jar being opened two rooms away (back when we used to try and sneak cookies...though, modern packaging is a lot louder.
    fun Six

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    1. She always had sliced white bread on a plate on the table at meals. Always.

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  6. Your Grandma sounds like she was a "pistol" :D Dontcha love those old timey words and phrases like - "broad in the beam", lol
    Beautiful picture of the two of you :)

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    1. She and another man from the church had called on a couple of fellas who had come to church a few times. When they left the house, she turned to the man she was with and said, "Them boys couldn't run a flea circus."
      Thanks! It was a fun day!

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  7. Grandmas could get away with most things without repercussion. good six.

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    1. I suspect she was that blunt her entire life! And thanks!

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  8. All of my grandmas were the same way. They would just be honest, sometimes it was brutal, but inside I admired them for it. Back then it was just their opinion, take it of leave it. Many people today did not have grandmas like ours. We were blessed.

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    1. You're right. They don't make 'em like that anymore. Time to break the mold and be one yourself, Nikki!

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  9. Ha! You made me laugh out loud!
    Imagine the fashion scandal...

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    1. Thanks! Small midwestern towns have many fashion scandals!

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  10. Heeheehee! Someday, i want to be your Grandma -- able to just say what i mean and mean what i say and get away with it because i am old enough to.

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  11. What a fun grandmother! Beautiful to have these memories.

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