Today I talked to my 96-year-old grandmother on the phone.
“Two women were comparing pads over dinner last night,” she said. “One wore Poise. She liked hers. But the other lady’s pads weren’t holding so well. People around here have bad bladders. Most are well padded. Just something that has to be faced I guess.”
I was at the car dealership when I was talking to my grandma. I was getting my convertible top fixed. Ironically, it was leaking. And it was rainy season in Florida. Not good.
Weird. We both have leaking problems, I thought. Maybe Poise pads will help my car. That visual still makes me laugh.
When I listen to my grandmother, she talks about her daily struggles: an aching body, boredom, and loneliness mostly. Big stuff for every day. That doesn’t make me laugh. I feel for her.
But her season in life also reminds me that problems never go away. They’ll always be there, each season presenting its own set of disruptions––sometimes requiring that we be well padded, other times requiring that we fix the problem, especially during Florida’s rainy season, and sometimes . . . well . . . sometimes, we just need to sit in our leaks and discuss them over dinner.
I love you Grandma!