I was invited by my blog master, to talk about my book RAGING AGAINST AGING on her show SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT. THOSE OF YOU ON THE FENCE ABOUT BUYING MY BOOK, PLEASE TUNE IN. YOU MAY DECIDE BUY MORE THAN ONE. YOU MAY DECIDE THAT THEY ARE THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT FOR YOUR FRIEND, SISTER, SISTER-IN-LAW, MOTHER, MOTHER-IN-LAW, OR GRANDMA. Men have read my book and have approved. Non-Jewish women have read my book and identified. People who do not know me have read my book and have given me the thumbs up. I am you and I write about what it is REALLY like to be sixty-plus.
My daughter was driving and her daughter was eating a snack. Looking through the rearview mirror, my daughter spotted my two year old granddaughter throwing a wrapper on the car floor. “You know we aren’t supposed to throw garbage on the floor,” she says.
My two year old granddaughter answers: “Well I looked for a garbage can but I didn’t see one!”
Guess what kind of accessory I will be getting the whole family car for Chanukah! A trash bin for the car that hangs on the back of the front seats!
When we were first starting out and we were living paycheck to paycheck, we were trying to figure out how to cut corners in the hope of coming out ahead. We went to the accountant for help. I was working. My husband was working. It was a second marriage and we were starting over together from scratch and I had a daughter. I had a long commute. He had a start up agency.
My husband suggested that we get rid of the cleaning lady. Before I could respond, our male accountant, leaned across the table. He got in my husband’s face, literally. He said in an authoritative voice: ” You get cheap haircuts. You don’t eat out. You don’t buy Starbuck’s. But you NEVER get rid of the cleaning lady.”
When my stepson’s wife went back to work, I told him that story. I don’t think he listened and today, he is divorced. After my daughter got married and moved back from California, we gave her the money for a cleaning lady the second she was due to give birth. Later that year, I suggested that we pay for a cleaning lady every other week as our anniversary gift to them. To this day, five years later, around her anniversary, she reminds us that that is the BEST anniversary gift and so it is!
It doesn’t matter whether you are kvetching about a family gathering for a Seder or feeling the pressure of preparing Christmas dinner we can all relate to the telling tales in Jackie’s book about aging. The funny,heart-warming chapters speak to us and for us in a way that only Jackie can. Thank you Jackie for telling “our” stories in a very enjoyable book!
While my book is steeped in my Jewish culture, I am so glad to know that I succeeded in getting across the universality of aging and being a grandmother and all that comes with this role! TY for this review!
a little guilty because we have done so much for our grandson but relatively little for the second one, our granddaughter. I shared that with my daughter and she shared that our granddaughter LOVES to play with these bendable HABA dolls. I had never heard of HABA before. P.S. I went online and fell in love! “I can spend my whole IRA right here, right now,” I texted my daughter. I had to buy the family but I HAD to add the Grandmother and Grandfather dolls, because I do not want to be left out. My daughter let me know that HABA makes DOLL FURNITURE! I LOVE to decorate! “Forget getting any inheritance,” I texted my daughter, “I am just getting started!”