Sometimes I worry if I'm going to forget my Pappaw and Grannie entirely. It's been awhile since they have passed. But last week I was reminded that they live on in us in sometimes in the most unusual ways.
But first, a back story!
Way back before Loren and Will were born, my Pappaw or Grannie would call up our house to see if my parents were watching a specific show. My aunt (dad's sister) would do the same on occasion as well.
The yellow phone would ring....(if you need a reference for that sound click on the antique phone sound on your iPhone. Believe it or not, that sound used to be a real thing and the only option.)
If I answered, it went something like this.
Pappaw/Grannie/Aunt Sheila: Hello! Who is this?
ME: It's me, Samantha!
Pappaw/Grannie/Aunt Sheila:Well hello! Hey is your daddy there?
(My daddy would either roll his eyes and get up or he'd yell at me to not yell and then he'd get up.)
Pappaw/Grannie/Aunt Sheila:You got the television turned on Channel 6?
Then it went one of two ways...
If he didn't have it on their station of choice for this particular phone call...
Pappaw/Grannie/Aunt Sheila: There's a 60 Minutes report about (whatever the subject was) and you should watch because it talks about...and they'd go on and on for a few minutes, while Dad couldn't change the channel because we didn't have a remote control for our TV. They'd go on about the show some more until finally Dad asked us to change the channel.
Of course we didn't want to change the channel because that meant we had to stop watching our program, because DVR didn't exist either.
As you can imagine, we weren't exactly excited to get their phone calls because we knew this could happen since it was almost a daily phone call.
If he did have it on their station of choice for this particular phone call...
Pappaw/Grannie/Aunt Sheila: Well I was just wondering if you were watching.
Then if it was my Grannie or Aunt they'd go on to discuss what had already happened on the show.
My aunt usually wanted to know what my daddy thought. My Grannie, on the other hand, preferred to give a play by play.
Because you know...my daddy hadn't been watching the program already.
Fast forward to present day...
Me and Jessi are sitting in the living room watching TV.
Jessi: Did you see where so & so posted on The Twitter/Insta/Facebook?
Now this conversation goes one of two ways...
If I hadn't seen what so & so posted on The Twitter/Insta/Facebook...
Jessi: WELL. Did you know that so & so posted....
In the mean time, I'm opening up the app to look at what that person posted because it's easily available for me to do so.
If I have seen what so & so posted on The Twitter/Insta/Facebook....
Jessi: Goes on to give a play by play of what the person had posted.
Don't worry Grannie. Your tradition and memory lives on....
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