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Grandmas Passing Grandma was a frail older woman in her early 70s and of small stature Her skin was of a light brown complexion wrinkled and ashy When I sat on her knee her brittle hands would always gently wrap around my waist I would kiss her on her cheek which was always cold for some reason Grandma always wore dark blue dresses that came down to her ankles and an old pair of black dress shoes everywhere You know the ones with no heels that appear as if they are slippers She was old fashioned and didnt hesitate to instruct my dad to switch me if I stepped out of line Grandma was soft-spoken but firm I never back-talked her for fear of the painful consequences my dad would inflict on my legs I remember one time I had acted up oh I paid for that one It had just rained saturating the earth in the back yard beyond capacity Mud puddles were everywhere they were enormous filled with dirty grimy water These mud puddles were everything a kid could dream of they were irresistible My cousins and I jumped stomped splashed and rolled in the mud puddles we had a great time My grandma had told us kids not to track mud through the house but I was having too much fun with my cousins to take her seriously We were chasing each other and I ran into the house with the mud still caked all over my body My grandma caught a glimpse of me dashing through the living room when she bellowed for my father Grandma told him that she had warned me to not track mud through the house but I had done it anyway My father came took one look at the carpet and instructed me to retrieve the switch I did as ordered and subsequently was beaten for my insolence I had red whelps all over my
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