|We're still not real clear on why my|
sister points at her nose. Nor why we all
feel compelled to join in. But Grandma
refuses to participate in the madness.
She's always been the wise one.
My other major "like my grandparents" change came with my forsaking tissues for hankies. Chad needed new hankies anyway, so I bought some for both of us while I was buying. One of my best purchases ever, I must say-- no need to race to the bathroom for a square of toilet paper every time my nose starts dripping, because I already have the hankie in my pocket. And I kind of feel like I've brought my DNA full circle, because...
... many years ago, I overheard a conversation between the adults in my mum's family; they were discussing the merits of hankies v tissues. My mum's younger brother was apparently the leader in the change to tissues; he said something along the lines of, "I knew that I'd be in trouble for not carrying a hankie, so I started carrying a hankie and a Kleenex. I've just always thought that blowing my nose on something and sticking it in my pocket is gross." (I will note that this conversation took place a few years before my aunt & uncle were blessed with a baby. I bet his standards of what is "gross" changed pretty quickly after that.)
I don't really see a gross factor to hankies, because I'm a runner. I've wiped snot, sweat, and tears off of my face with the nearest thing available for years. I've also had to use all manner of port-a-loos, up to and including peeing on the side of the road in the middle of a run, for goodness' sake. (A county road, where no one could see me-- I do have some standards.) My definition of "gross" has evolved quite a bit. So to tuck a piece of cloth into my pocket with my snot safely folded inside it, and later throw it into the wash, bothers me not at all.
So, I live in the land of My Gran Does It This Way, besides having a weekend cottage in What My Mum Always Said. I think I'm driving my husband crazy, but really, what's the point of having two older generations of people to learn from if I'm not bothering to learn anything?
What habits of your parents/grandparents/etc. have you picked up? Or are you blazing your own completely different trail?