Sunday, January 6, 2008

Grandparents are the best

Richard's ulcer scare is providing us with some lovely family time in Ipoh. My parents are back here at the moment. My grandparents of course live here in Ipoh and don't get around much at all since they are all in their eighties.

I always feel a little sad living so far away from my grandparents when they are so old. Its just not the same meeting up with them for a few days once a year and talking to them occasionally on the phone. I like being in touch with them on a daily basis and being part of their lives here. I'll have that opportunity now for the next 4 or 5 weeks.

Here we are at my maternal grandparent's house.

My grandfather just got back from his line dancing class. He's like a local celebrity around here for being the oldest line dancer in Ipoh and has been featured in the newspapers several times. At 89, he's still a regular at all the parties and refuses to leave until the very last dance is over. Unfortunately, my grandmother never got into it because of her knees but she still sometimes accompanies my grandfather. It would have been sweet to see the both of them enjoying this together. Unfortunately, they do have a little of that 'old style marriage' with the man always out and the woman waiting to take care of him at home. After nearly 60 years, she does grumble about this a little but refuses to take a break from it even to visit me in Palembang.


Jean-Luc Picard said...

Sadly, all my grandparents either passed away before I was born or when I was very young.

Bilbo said...

Agnes's father is like that. As for me, one of my goals in life is to dance at the weddings of all my grandchildren.

Kellan said...

Aren't they sweet and I love to hear that your grandfather is a linedancing "fool" - we love to go dancing (Billy and I) and love to see the older folks enjoying themselves.

Hope you all are having a good weekend. See you later. Kellan