100 Days Project

Marie: And yet another story!

It seems to be a trait of the elderly to tell stories and often repeat the same stories. As our family has a major Reunion in February 2015 I will tell a family story each day and NOT repeat it for 100 days. I will use christian names from our earlier generations as pseudonyms.

When Nana lived with our family and had become a little unclear in her memory and a little unstable in her walking and balance, she walked with two sticks and frequently would begin going "home to Larry" her late husband.  They had lived a couple of hours car journey from our place, so she had a long and unmanageable walk ahead of her! Whenever she  began her walks "to Larry" Mum would send one of the children to bring her back which was usually successful.  However, this particular time she took off over the paddocks which weren't the most solid and stable environment for her with her two sticks.  As the children couldn't manage her this particular day, Mum went out and Nana began to fight Mum with her walking sticks. The inevitable happened and Nana fell over and as she hit the ground she said, "My own daughter and you've broken my leg!"  Sadly, Nana was taken to hospital for the next three months until her leg healed, and Mum  was ashamed of this incident for the rest of her life.

Day 89:

89) Nana runs away!