On Grandmothers and Eight Year-Olds

We’ll start with an eight year-old.

I’ve never recommended a YouTube video. More than likely I never will again.

But if you hate Bill O’Reilly, watch this eight year-old spout sense that would do Keith Olbermann proud.

I’ll put it like this. My jaw hit the desk a few times.

You go, girl!

Now, my grandmother.

Today is her birthday. She is, if I’m counting correctly, eighty-six.

At dinner I said to her, “So how was your birthday today?”

She said nothing. My mom looked at her. “Mom, how was your birthday today?”

My grandmother looked to my mother. “Who’s birthday?”

“Your birthday.”

“I thought you were talking about someone else,” said my grandmother.

“There’s only four of us here,” I said. “You’re the only one with a birthday today.”

My grandmother gestured at my father. “It could have been his birthday.”


Once again, she regaled us with the tale of a trip to Washington (this time, without lunch with Chimpie) and then out to the mountains in western Maryland.


But then I watch that eight year-old girl deliver the smack to Bill O’Reilly, and my day brightened considerably. Watch her. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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