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My Grandfather’s fight with his jacket

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Sometimes I think, I couldn’t make this stuff up that happens in our house, even if I tried. There isn’t a day that goes by that something crazy doesn’t happen. Yes, it usually involves my grandparents (mostly my grandfather). When you get old, you literally turn into a kid again. The way you think, process things, react to things and how you interact with others. Your body looks old but your brain is like a kid. My grandfather has the knack of wanting to talk to me when I am on the phone. Similar to how my son acts and he is nine. Although, he knows now, don’t bug me while I am on the phone unless someone is dying. I literally have to say to my grandfather, “do you see I am on the phone? I’ll talk to you later!” It doesn’t even phase him. I know he knows I am on the phone too. He isn’t blind, he just doesn’t care. -ha. I have said to my grandfather many times, “don’t interrupt me unless you or gram are dying.” He just laughs and says, “ok, sorry hun.” – ha. I love him dearly but he is like my child sometimes. Which leads me to the latest funny story about my grandfather.

My grandfather’s fight with his jacket

We have all had issues with zippers in our life right? Sometimes they just don’t want to work. My grandfather came in the kitchen a couple days ago steaming mad. I immediately thought he was fighting with my grandmother but nope, not this time.

My Grandfather's fight with his jacket

He said, “kid, I can’t get my {expletive} zipper to work….can you help me?”

I took one look at him and raised my eyebrows at him and said, “are you kidding me?”

He looked at me so mad and said, “your father gave me this jacket and it’s broken!”

I laughed and said, “the jacket would zip fine if you didn’t have it on upside down.

He was so MAD and told me I was crazy. I showed him how it was upside down and then showed him how it should be on. He said, “well that stupid coat, what’s it doing on upside down?”

I told him to wait, I needed to take a picture for the memory book and he stopped and said, “oh you mean that blog thing you have?” -ha.

He knew he put it on upside down and as he walked away laughing at himself, he said, “Jess, don’t you tell anyone what I did.”

I said,  “I won’t gramp, your secret is safe with me.” – 😉

Be sure to check out our new series called Dementia Diaries. I am filing this post under our new series called, Dementia Diaries but not really sure this is part of Dementia but maybe it is? I don’t know, I guess it kind of is.

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  1. Awe Jess I just laughed so hard! I love to see your grandpa smiling. It’s not easy seeing our loved ones get old. What a blessing (most of the time) ha to live with your folks and grandparents. Priceless memories. Thank you for sharing your lives, both happy and sad.

    1. Dearest Jess,
      Not only do you share my nieces name but your insight is one of joy,
      Having worked with Dementia and Alzheimer’s clientele for many years, it isn’t always easy to
      see the “bright” side of this sad disease.
      Yet, one thing always stands the test of time…LOVE!
      The compassion and dignity that one affords our elders comes across “no matter” the circumstance.
      Memories fade but love never does. Whenever the “pot begins to boil” throw out a tune and let
      “You Are My Sunshine” ring!
      Warmest Regards,
      Selective Memory Mitzi

  2. betty in Arlington says:

    LOL! it’s all good! And, it may not be dementia! happend to the best of us. god bless him, he has a good attitude! i miss my parents now!

  3. Juanita in OH says:

    Oh, my goodness!!! I laughed at the photo and stared at it forever…it is too funny. I especially LOVE the look on his face. You know when things are bad if people stop smiling. I just LOVE your stories, they give me such hope. All of my relatives before me are gone and I miss them terribly, the family talks about them whenever we get together, TFS.

  4. At least he’s still smiling about it. My mom gets mad when she does things like that, and I wish she would smile about it instead.

  5. I honestly could not figure out what was pooching out the back of your grandfathers jacket !! I would have thought it would have been quite uncomfortable before the non functioning zipper came up.

    tell grandpa hi

  6. Rebecca Morton says:

    I love that you are crafty and creative, and live with so many generations. I DO TOO, I am with my mother and father, my husband and son,
    And your stories are like mine everyday.
    However, The flat -ha, after what you write kind of spoils how awesome your insight is!!,
    It’s so difficult to deal with it I know.
    We TOTALLY need to laugh. Or we will disintegrate…
    How about a HUGE GUFFAWWWWWW!?????

  7. I just adore your family and that picture is just too funny! I truly believe the ability to laugh at ourselves prolongs our lives!! Life is too short to stay mad about small things. I think your grandfather has a lot of fans…I’ll bet if he had a Facebook fan page he’d be blown away by all his friends. ?Thank you for sharing your stories!

    1. Jessica @ fourgenerationsoneroof.com says:

      That is a good idea, a facebook fan page . haha

  8. Bless his heart!

    Your “secret” is safe with us!


  9. My father in law always said “Once a man, twice a boy”. Thanks for sharing your “secret”!

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