There are plenty of quotes about age and wisdom. This Typewriter Rodeo poem doesn’t pull from stereotype or adage. It’s just a real-life example of a good lesson passed down.
What My Grandmother Taught Me
I ask her how she reconnected
with my step-grandpa,
her high school sweetheart,
all those years
and children later.
She sips her sweet tea,
dips her chip
in her special queso
and tells me:
“I got divorced, so he called to check in.
He got divorced, so I checked in too.
just to see how he was doing
It was the polite thing to do.”
“Polite?” I asked. “To swoop in,
right when a twenty year relationship
She shrugged, sipped her tea, dipped her chip.
and said, “Hey I got
what I wanted.”
My grandmother taught me
to go for it —
my hopes, needs, dreams
It’s just the polite thing
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