If you were lucky enough to have seen my Poppy sing at a wedding, you’d probably have heard him do Just A Gigolo. If you were lucky enough to have a 50th wedding anniversary, he’d greet you with, “What went wrong?” Have a spot of tea and a spot of cookie for my Poppy’s 100th birthday today, he was the kind of fun they don’t make much anymore.
After my Poppy passed away, random young women came up to my Nan to tell her he made them go back to school. He was a big believer in not being a floosie. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t know what my cats are talking about, The Fluffy One has a strange dialect, after all.
Okay, so back in the ’80s when my Poppy would come home from his friend’s house, he’d say to our dog, “Smell those girls!” because his friend had a load of girl dogs. My Poppy would’ve been 100 this Friday so you’re getting some way out interpretations of some of his quotes.
Nan asked if there was anything she could do while I was spending a week on the phone in the aftermath of the only purse snatching we haven’t seen on the news.
I said the same thing I always say when someone asks if there’s something they can do for me:
“Draw my comic?”
Ladies and gentlemen, a comic drawn by my Nan. Thanx Nan!
Tomorrow is Nanny-Ma’s birthday and the fuzzy babies know how to take care of her! The Fluffy One makes her tea, The Puppy takes care of her feets, and The Slinky one is a radiator of love for his woman.
I say hello every time…just in case.
The smoking cigars and eating shrimp thing comes from my Mum’s reaction to The Spider’s quick costume change in Let’s Rock. My mother, my best audience, thought he was holding a shrimp and smoking a cigar. Love you, Mumby.
What? It’s totally a family song, my Poppy sang it at weddings! I mean…it’s about bells on a string…RIGHT? 😉
One day when I was dopey from my neck pills, my Mum asked me if she could do anything for me. “Can you draw a cartoon?” I asked.
My Mum totally drew one of these comics. I leave it to you to figure out which.
Crunchies with Nanny-Ma are better than any other crunchies in the world!
(And yes, you read that right, Sister The Puppy is in fact the Ninja Twins…aunt?!)
Yes, I do tell this story to literally anyone who will listen.
I should have way more stories to tell about him.
If you can read this, congratulations! We nearly made it out of 2016! Here’s to making it through every day from here on any way you can! See you next year!
I’m sure spirits who invest a ton of energy to visit me are thrilled to meet my furry babies.
Maybe if you look close at the night sky, you’ll see them.
My Aunt Janet passed away last week. She and I shared a love of John Cleese, sewing outfits for our animal friends, and barking at raccoons, among a million other things. Last year she published a story she wrote about her mother-in-law’s life called The Little Girl Who Lived Birds. You can read it here:
Get in touch with the people you love and let them know. Often.
You know my eyes. Cockeyed.