A Grandmotner Is a Lady
A grandmother is a lady
who has no little children of her own.
She likes other people's.
A grandfather is a man grandmother.
Grandmothers don't have to do anything
except be there.
They are old so they shouldn't play hard or run.
It is enough if they drive us to the market
and have a lot of dimes ready.
When they take us for walks they slow down
past pretty things like leaves and caterpillars.
They never say "hurry up."
Usually grandmothers are fat,
but not too fat to tie your shoes.
They wear glasses and funny underwear.
They can take their teeth and gums out.
Grandmothers don't have to be smart,
only answer questions like,
"Why isn't God married?" and
"How come dogs chase cats?"
When they read to us they don't skip,
or mind if we ask for the same story over again.
Everybody should try to have a Grandmother,
especially if you don't have television,
because they are the only grown-ups who have time.
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