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Who wouldn’t love it if someone offered to pay for their groceries? My grandparents generation cannot for even a second, accept a small monetary gesture without having a melt down. Literally. My grandfather is a little more willing to accept these things but my grandmother is totally against it. Last week, we got hit with a snow storm on Friday and this Monday as well. I took my son Monday, there was no school, before the storm hit and did my grandparents grocery shopping for them. My grandfather usually does their shopping on Saturday but because of the snow, he wasn’t able to go. If you follow us on facebook, you saw a funny update about this a couple days ago and my grandfather busting my chops about posting his melt down on “that blog!” -ha
My son pushed their shopping cart and filled it with all the items on the list and I did our shopping with a different cart.
This was actually fun for my son, he enjoyed trying to figure out my grandmother’s chicken scratch (her writing is so hard to read) and find the stuff on the list.
When we got home, my son lugged in all their groceries up to their refrigerator and said, “here you guys go, I did your shopping!” He was so proud ;).
My grandparents were so appreciative and when I told them, the groceries were on me, they just about lost their minds. I kind of knew they would but I just left and said, “bye!” haha. They have their own space in the garage area that we converted for them and our interior kitchen door leads to their space so I quickly escaped! ha. An hour later, my grandfather decided to come hang out with me and made me sit at the kitchen island as he shared the ideals of life as he sees it and the fact that while my gesture was kind, he couldn’t accept it. I told him, “gramp, I would have no problem letting you buy my groceries. -ha” He didn’t think that was very funny and threw the money at me. I mean, it wasn’t like I was trying to pay for a thousand dollars worth of groceries. The bill was only $73.26. I know what happened, my grandmother made him come give me the money because she can’t accept even a dollar from someone. My grandfather is a little more willing but they both share the same mind set. They view it as a hand out and in their world, that isn’t a good thing. I think it makes them feel like they can’t support themselves. I don’t know about them. Lifes lessons I guess for older generations.