My husband's grandmother is a very lovely lady, however, she is not your "quiet" grandmother type. She grew up as the only daughter in a family of 7 children back in Yugoslavia. She moved to Canada in her mid thirties and worked very hard to provide for her family. She knows how to hold her own. Little did I know, how determined she was to go on her cookie shopping outing. When no one was around, she walked up to me again..blocking my exit from the room. Having me cornered, with her head tilted downward, eyes fixed on mine, she said in a low steady voice,"You take me to Costco...yes or no"(hmm...you know, I think I was being threatened by a 84 year old great-grandmother if I did not buy her cookies). Smiling, I finally said, "Alright...we can go to Costco."
So, today, after my children finished school..my husband, myself, our four children, and great-grandmother went on a trip to buy cookies. ( Did I mention the store was 40 minutes away?).
She did buy cookies....and a cake....some nice bread....(and some vegetables, too)...and she treated us to a pizza lunch. But, you know, she didn't eat any of the cookies she bought. She gave them all to my children and my other nieces and nephews. She just wanted to treat her great-grandchildren to something special and to show them that she loved them...and a 40 minute drive was not going to be her obstacle.