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My Grandma & My Best Friend


My grandma has no filter.


Which means that pretty much every conversation you have with her will be awesome.

My favorite occurred a couple of years ago, after returning home from a summer in Tunisia with Skye.  My grandma and I were at my Uncle Bob’s house, where I was telling everybody a hilarious story involving an allergy card.  As I referenced Skye, my grandma interrupted, turning towards Uncle Bob as though letting him in on an important point.

“Oh, Skye is just beautiful, you should see her, she’s just gorgeous.”

My Uncle Bob is unfailingly polite, so looked over at my grandma, smiled and responded, “your granddaughter’s quite pretty too.”

Grandma looked back at him, hesitated for an instant, then insistently responded “Oh, no, Skye’s really pretty.”

At least I come by my bluntness honestly,


{ 43 comments… add one }

  • Life of a Doctor's Wife May 25, 2010, 9:24 am

    Well, there is something to be said for people who say exactly what they think!

  • Kelli May 25, 2010, 9:36 am

    Thanks for the comment, Megan! I do love some ice cream :)

    Your grandma sounds awesome! Looking forward to reading more of your blog…

  • View From Down Here May 25, 2010, 9:58 am

    Yep, I think at some point, when you reach a certain age, you just get to say whatever you feel…gotta love it!

  • Skye May 25, 2010, 10:25 am

    Your grandma has impeccable taste. 😉

  • Stacia May 25, 2010, 10:28 am

    I sometimes think we’d all be better off if we took our filter off once in a while! And a summer in Tunisia … Wow!

  • Mindee@ourfrontdoor May 25, 2010, 10:34 am

    I’m glad you have an appreciation for the humor in that situation.

    Do you follow S____ My Dad Says on Twitter? (It’s on my list) That guy got a book deal out of it. Maybe your grandma’s mouth is your ticket to fame and fortune.

  • Cheryl May 25, 2010, 11:30 am

    I love your grandma! She’s adorable!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  • everton terrace May 25, 2010, 12:12 pm

    I’m afraid my daughter has told me I have no filter. I do though, it just SEEMS like I don’t. If I said even 1/2 the things I do manage to hold back, they might never let me leave the house. Your Grandmother sounds like just my kind of lady.

  • Linda Higgins May 25, 2010, 1:15 pm

    Megan, she is adorable! Stay close to her….she is probably so full of information! If you can or if you haven’t already you should get a list of questions together and interview her…and write everything you can think of down about her and her childhood….it would probably take a few hours of your time that would be a lifetime of wonderful information! Her eyes are so blue and there is so much love there to be shared! You are soooooo lucky to have her still around! Tape record your conversations with her! YOU WON’T BE SORRY you did and everyone will want your record! :)

  • The Urban Cowboy May 25, 2010, 1:34 pm

    I was thinking the same as Mindee, sounds like her honest words would appeal to many.

  • Nichole@40daysof May 25, 2010, 2:17 pm

    That’s hilarious! I was recently told by my senile grandmother that I couldn’t the Nichole she knew. I was way too old and her Nichole would never wear her hair that way! :)

  • angie May 25, 2010, 2:57 pm

    So funny. :) It’s nice that you can laugh about it!

  • Angel May 25, 2010, 3:08 pm

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.. cracking up at your memaw.. My memaw was the same way. I think it is age they get to a point that they seriously just don’t care. SCarily my mom is hitting that point now lol. I never know what she is going to say..

  • Rebekah @ mom-in-a-million May 25, 2010, 4:13 pm

    I LOVE your grandmother. But she makes me miss my grandmother who also kicked ass.

  • MrsBlogAlot May 25, 2010, 4:18 pm

    I love going non-filter! It is positively liberating (-:

  • Blond Duck May 25, 2010, 4:46 pm

    I wish I had a good relationship with my grandmother! Even if she’s so blunt!

  • Ingrid May 25, 2010, 5:01 pm

    Grandma’s can get away with saying all sorts of sweet and goofy things – love this!

  • AngieB May 25, 2010, 5:06 pm

    My grandmother was the same way and I just loved her for it, even when it was turned on me. My favorite, though, was when a middle-aged couple she hadn’t seen in a while came to visit and the wife was telling my grandmother how proud she was to have given up smoking. My grandmother said, “Well that’s great! And it explains all that weight you’ve picked up.” The look on the husband’s face was the best. He’d obviously been trying to comvince his wife she hadn’t gained an ounce!

  • Natalie May 25, 2010, 6:18 pm

    Well, first of all, I love your grandma – she sounds awesome and I want a grandma just like that!!!

    I see your name everywhere that I leave comments! So today, I finally decided to visit – I’m glad I did because as I mentioned, I love your grandma!

    I’m following you now!

  • katie May 25, 2010, 9:12 pm

    First of all, thank you for the kind comment on my blog.
    Secondly, wouldn’t it be hysterical if grandmas were bloggers? Thankfully mine is very technologically challenged. She calls computers…typewriters. If you try to tell her the difference, she says “ah, pa tay tow ~pa tah tow”. She is a hoot.
    I can’t wait to read more of your entries. & thanks again for stopping by.

  • jennifer May 25, 2010, 9:21 pm

    This is my first time to your blog and I cannot stop laughing, my mother is the exact same way.

  • Grace May 25, 2010, 9:42 pm

    Ha! I love it! And I can’t wait until I’m old and can say whatever I think. And eat every dessert I want.

  • liz May 26, 2010, 12:09 am

    The picture is awesome, and your grandma not having a filter is double awesome. Super funny story!!

  • Amber May 26, 2010, 12:20 am

    Love the picture.

    My Grandma doesn’t have a filter either and I love it. She always cracks me up.

    Your Grandma has really pretty eyes by the way!

  • Sharon May 26, 2010, 11:30 am

    Oh, Megan. I think you’re beautiful too! But I’m also excited that someday when I’m old I can be that blunt and get away with it.

  • Carrie May 26, 2010, 12:25 pm

    Your grandma sounds great! I loved mine so much – I wish she was still here to share stories with and life’s adventures. I just love reading your blog. :)

  • Tiffany May 26, 2010, 2:39 pm

    Like everyone else, I think your grandma sounds like a hoot. Definitely write down or record some of the great things she said — you will treasure them forever. =)

  • Megan @ Red Dirt and Crazy May 26, 2010, 2:46 pm

    My Pa-Pa is going to be 96 this September. My G-G sometimes complains when he only wants to eat dessert. I tell her hey…when I turn 96 nobody better boss me around about anything. Cause I figure if I live that long…I can do what I dang well please. :-)

    Go Grandma…you say whatever your dear sweet heart desires!

    Grandparents are awesome!



  • Kimberley May 27, 2010, 12:30 am

    Oh my gosh my Grandma is the exact same way! I joke that every time we visit I get at least one new “classic Grandma line” but it is hardly a joke at all. I am a wiser woman because of my Grandma!

  • alonewithcats May 27, 2010, 3:29 am

    Grandmas are the best. Well, let me rephrase. *Our* grandmas are the best. I don’t know about everyone else’s.

  • Anna Hose October 21, 2011, 10:52 am


    Those mother/daughter pictures are great. You and your Mom look like you both doing well.



  • John January 24, 2012, 10:46 am

    While I have a little “thing” going on with @juliecgardner’s gramma, Renis, I truly <3 yours!

    I'd tell that story everywhere I went, were I in your shoes (but I don't know if I'd fit into your shoes).

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 1:15 pm

      I don’t know, I have surprisingly large feet. And I can barely resist telling random strangers, it truly is one of my favorite stories of all time.

      • John January 26, 2012, 1:20 pm

        But, um, I don’t, exactly, have small feet, myself — I’ll grant you that I might be able to fit my toes into your shoes, but not sure how much more of my foot would go in.

        • Megan January 26, 2012, 1:45 pm

          There’s clearly only one way to solve this dilemma.

  • Pop January 24, 2012, 10:54 am

    That was probably the best link I clicked all day! *applause*

    And that’s not that blunt, to uhhh…put it bluntly. One time my grandmother looked at my cousin and said, “Aigoo (Korean term similar to Oh wow). You are fat.” My mom said, “Actually, she’s lost quite a bit of weight.” To which my grandma replies, “No. She’s fat.”

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 1:14 pm

      Oh, one of my dad’s cousin’s has a daughter. I honestly don’t know her name, both because my dad’s family doesn’t get together and also because I’ve only ever heard her referenced as “the fat one.” It’s always been my motivation to stay thin enough that I never get that name myself!

      • Pop January 26, 2012, 2:08 pm

        Either she’s really fat or everyone on your dad’s side is skinny. But I guess it’s better to be known as “the fat one” than “who is that?”

        Ok, this comment seems horribly negative. Time to lighten it up w/ my #excitedface!!!!

        • Megan January 26, 2012, 3:05 pm

          Is it? Is it really better? ‘Cause I’m not sure it is. But fabulous save. #ExcitedFace makes everything better.

  • Classic NYer January 24, 2012, 8:08 pm

    Sounds like somebody I don’t ever want at the scene of a crime or on the witness stand.

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 1:01 pm

      She is not even so much incapable of lying as she in incapable of ever considering not saying exactly what she thinks.

  • Andi January 25, 2012, 9:59 am

    I love it!

    My grandma is blunt too. One time she heard me say “freaking” and she looked me dead in the eye and said you might as well say “f*&%$^&” because it’s the same thing.

    I seriously teared up and promised I’d try to never say that again!

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