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Monday, August 18, 2008

Aaah, the young and the old

It's been awhile since I've done a Dixie post, and I know the public is dying to hear what she's up to. (In case you don't know, Dixie is my 89-year-old mother-in-law.) She did not end up getting married to her 82-year-old boyfriend, Ike. He broke it off 3 hours before the wedding. Of course, she has no memory of any of that, so they're still together. And he proposes every couple of weeks and breaks up with her every week. They get back together the next day. Ya know, people talk about 'forgive and forget,' but I'm starting to think that just plain old 'FORGET' is even more effective. She's the perfect woman for him.

We went to visit Dixie at her place last night, and there was Ike, fresh from making up from Saturday's break-up. After Dixie introduced all of us to Ike (we've "met" him 50 times at this point), he decided he should go back to his place. So they do a big smooch, right there in the middle of all of us. A few of the kids immediately went pale.

Later, Hubby was teasing her a little about Ike, and she blurts out "You know what he wants me to do? He wants me to SLEEP with him!!" Everyone's eyes pop out of their heads.
Hubby: "Mom, there are kids in the room!"
Grandma Dixie: "Okay, let's take a vote and see if they think I should." She then turns to my 10 YEAR OLD and says "What do you think?"
Shnookie3 is 10 shades of red right about then.
Luckily, we managed to distract grandma quickly.

My kids love Grandma Dixie a lot, and some of our best memories take place with her. She adores all of them, but she particularly takes a shine to our oldest. She's do anything for him and loves to engage him in conversation. We all get a kick out of this, because A) he's so NOT a conversationalist, and B) he's such a child of the 21st century that they hardly even speak the same language. For instance, she asked him what he got for Christmas a while back, to which he responded "A new IPOD." Of course, she had no clue what that was, so in way of explanation, he tells her "It's a kind of MP3 player." He was a bit frustrated when she still looked at him blankly. Hubby and I were ROFL.

On our way out last night, Dixie (who always thinks we live 2 states away instead of down the street) said to Shnookie1, "Hey, drop me a line sometime!" To which he replied, "Oooo-kay. What does that mean?"


*~*Jill*~* said...

I would totally encourage Shnookie1 to start texting her. I mean - he gets off the hook of keeping the open lines of communication, you pay for more messages, AND she might possibly (you never know) be able to understand text speak -

2 gr8. lv her 1dering.

Becky said...

I'll bet Dixie is a bit bummed in the next world when she can remember EVERYTHING!!! Bwahaha. Maybe you should send Booser over to Ike's--I'm sure he's quite cuddly at night. :D

Malinda said...

That is so funny. The poor woman. I hope that they do get married some day or he WILL pay for it in the next life! The questions she puts to your kids are just too funny. Just think of the "worldly" education she is giving them! Maybe her thinking you live a long way away is a good thing.

Jeni said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I was laughing so hard! Oh Dixie. When she met Isaac for the first time she told us we seemed like we'd been married for 100 years. We're not sure what this means exactly, but we opted to take it as a compliment.

The Andrew Family said...

Oh my word. Can I visit your mother-in-law?

Jen said...

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!!! (That's old-fashioned speak for ROFLMBO!) I love the continuing adventures of Dixie's romantic endeavors. We should all have so much fun when we're too old to remember what we're doing!