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Grandparents Before - But not today

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Grandparents Before - But not today


Grandmothers and grandfathers how they look,
how can we see that there is a grandmother or a grandfather
When I was a little girl we could see a grandmother and a grandfather
Grandparents used hats, glasses, and walking stick
The skin of their face was weathered and wrinkled
Some had teeth they put in a glass in the evening

Grandmothers always had time for a glass of juice and a hug
She was never impatient, tie shoelaces with pleasure
Always in floral dresses, which smelled like grandma
Grandmothers wont not be at work tomorrow, she has time for an adventure
She does not skip a single word, to be finished soon
It was always sweets in grandmother's hand bag
She never spared, but shared with a beautiful smile

Grandfathers were a bit more restrained,
 bit concerned about the day's news in their newspaper
He would like to go for a walk, and he walks with small cautious steps
When he meet someone he knows, he lifts a bit on his hat and nod
He has very little hair on his head, and his head shines in the sun
Grandfathers have a strong hand to hold, I was confident in his hand
He could tell me what all the birds called, he was so wise

Everyone should experience an old-fashioned grandmother and grandfather
one that does not have a television, computer or washing machine
A grandmother and grandfather who always have good time


But it was in the past ..... not today...





23.02.2013
A-L  Andresen :)

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  1. Date: 7/12/2014 7:30:00 AM
    Times have changed for everyone, Anne Lise. Grandparents and Grandchildren are no longer the same. That was a simpler time, my friend. Very nice, I enjoyed this one.... Robert.

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 7/12/2014 9:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    - Yes..... times have changed :))- Thank you for reading my poem, really appreciate your comments, Robert. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 8/27/2013 8:20:00 PM
    Nicely written! :)

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 8/28/2013 1:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    - Thank you for reading my poem, really appreciate your comments, Ashanti. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 5/27/2013 1:51:00 PM
    Spot on...mine have those modern affinities that yours didn't, but the same temperament and candy stashes. Spot on.

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 5/28/2013 1:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    - Thank you for taking the time to read my poem, nice with a comment from you Sheree. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :
  1. Date: 4/27/2013 12:39:00 AM
    This was nice to read considering my Grandfather died about 2 weeks ago.

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 4/27/2013 2:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    - Enjoyable with a visit from you Kirin, your comment means a lot to me. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 4/19/2013 10:28:00 AM
    You are so right. My Grandmother was just like that and I loved her dearly. Today I am a Grandmother and am thrilled to be. We sit with our tablets and iphones on the couch together and talk. Times sure change. Lovely.

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 4/19/2013 10:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    - Enjoyable with a visit from you Betty, your comment means a lot to me. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 4/7/2013 3:19:00 AM
    Just read a number of your recent poems and found so much resonance. Particularly Virgin Birth with its underlying threat of playing with Nature an dthe 25 word challenge. Keep up the good work.

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 4/7/2013 5:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Nice of you to read my "Grandma and Grandpa's" poem Mike, thanks for your comments. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 4/4/2013 6:38:00 AM
    Intelligently written, I like it lol and thank you for welcoming me to poetrysoup.. [:

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 4/4/2013 6:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Nice of you to read my "Grandma and Grandpa's" poem Angel, thanks for your comments. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 3/31/2013 6:11:00 PM
    A lovely poem Anne, thank you for always being so kind~ Happy Easter...Linda

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 4/1/2013 5:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for reading and comments my poem, Linda. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 3/29/2013 11:23:00 AM
    What a beautiful piece of nostalgia and so full of truth....we rail against aging now because youth is so idolized but I am with you ...I always care for and nurture the elderly ...they have stories to tell and wisdom to give. Big Hugs, SuZ

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 3/29/2013 11:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Nice of you to read my "Grandma and Grandpa's" poem Suzanne, thanks for your comments. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 3/9/2013 11:31:00 AM
    This sounds a lot my grandpa... spends a lot of time outside, on the porch swing, either reading a newspaper or his bible. Your last line is sad yet that's how it goes... time moves on... but we thank goodness for photographs, right? Great tribute to two people that meant so much to you!

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 3/9/2013 11:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Photographs are memories for life ! - Nice of you to read my "Grandma and Grandpa's" poem Timothy, thanks for your comments. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 2/28/2013 3:10:00 PM
    wonderful poetry, and on the eve of me becoming a great grandfather too,,,

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 3/2/2013 4:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    - Nice of you to read my "Grandma and Grandpa's" poem Harry, thanks for your comments. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 2/27/2013 8:41:00 PM
    Perfect portrait of Grandparents of yesterday, Anne-Lise...This is a very lovely poem... Today they're much younger, still working, etc... Thanks for always reading mine, Anne-Lise. Thanks for your kind support. Love, Annalise

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 3/2/2013 4:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    - Nice of you to read my "Grandma and Grandpa's" poem Annalise, thanks for your comments. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 2/26/2013 1:23:00 PM
    Incredibly beautiful poem about how grand parents looke like in the past. I love it. Thanks for your appreciation of my poem All For You, Anne. Have a nice day. Love. -Mohammad

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 2/26/2013 1:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    - Nice of you to read my "Grandma and Grandpa's" poem Mohammad, thanks for your comments. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 2/25/2013 1:09:00 AM
    Hi Anee Lise never new my grandads, but my grandmas were just as you describe, the young miss out on so much, with kids having kids so young the grand parents are never that old to start with, loved this look back at the past, have a great week and sya hello to Arild for me, all the best Owen

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 2/25/2013 2:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    - Nice of you to read my "Grandma and Grandpa's" poem Owen, thanks for your comments. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 2/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
    I agree with you againg my dear friend Anne Lise, some of the grandparents today at also high tech..can still pla games on the computer and a lot more. thanks for sharing this beautiful thoughts. Thanks also for your nice comments :) have a good daya always!! :)

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 2/25/2013 2:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    - Nice of you to read my "Grandma and Grandpa's" poem Maria, thanks for your comments. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 2/24/2013 9:22:00 PM
    This is absolutely true my dearest friend Anne-Lise. Your awesome poem brings back the memories when my very dear granddad and grandma always come to visit us at home when they were still alive. My granddad let me sit on his lap and told me fables. While listening to him, I was playing with his hat while my grandma happily talked to my mom and dad. A marvelous write indeed! Thank you so much for sharing and your very inspiring and wonderful comments on my write! Have a great day! love much, LG

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 2/25/2013 2:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    - Nice of you to read my "Grandma and Grandpa's" poem Leonora, thanks for your comments. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 2/24/2013 8:13:00 PM
    What a great image, I really enjoyed your poem tonight.

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 2/25/2013 2:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    - Nice of you to read my "Grandma and Grandpa's" poem Richard, thanks for your comments. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 2/24/2013 6:20:00 PM
    What a nice poem, so true about how life has changed, thank you Anne. Peace.

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 2/25/2013 2:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    - Nice of you to read my "Grandma and Grandpa's" poem Rick, thanks for your comments. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 2/24/2013 6:14:00 PM
    Congratulations on your wonderful featured poem

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 2/25/2013 2:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    - Nice of you to read my "Grandma and Grandpa's" poem Donna, thanks for your comments. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 2/24/2013 3:28:00 PM
    I miss having them, they are a gift of youth..thank you for letting me meet yours! & Thanks so much for stopping by my writes. Light & Love

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 2/25/2013 2:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    - Nice of you to read my "Grandma and Grandpa's" poem Debbie, thanks for your comments. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)
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