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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Jewish Lovebirds


While I was back home in New York for Thanksgiving, I got myself a handy little Flipcam. I tested the camera out by interviewing my 84 year-old grandmother, Nan, and her 83 year-old boyfriend, Lionel, about their Jewish heritage and how they met. Below are the best segments of our conversation. You will probably notice how much they bring out the worst in each other. In fact, it's fair to say they down right can't stand each other. Lionel is, what my grandmother calls, a "Jewish American Prince" and a "nudge". Lionel has always been the jokester and the teaser and my grandmother, being the prim and proper lady that she is, has become less and less tolerable of his behavior over the years. Lionel is the sort of person while dining with my grandmother in a public restaurant, yell, "Help! Help! This little old lady is trying to grope me!" In fact, Lionel is often kicked out of public places much to my grandmother's embarrassment. Unfortunately, Lionel's behavior has become slightly more erratic since being diagnosed in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's. Also, I'd like to note, my grandmother is particularly cantankerous in this video because she was having extreme back pain and couldn't walk well.

I can't wait to get old!!!

As the Jewish Lovebirds explain, they met around thirteen years ago when my grandmother sued Lionel after she got her heel stuck in a tile of a building he owned and fell and broke her wrist. Nobody really liked Lionel, including my grandmother, but he became a family fixture soon enough and I can't imagine him not being around. He still is a pain in the ass, but thinking about the nightmarish journey he and my grandmother are about to embark on breaks my heart.


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16 Comments:

At 7:57 AM, Blogger Penny Lane said...

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At 8:00 AM, Blogger Penny Lane said...

This was absolutely great. I love old people.

Especially Jewish grandparents,I have some of my own and they provide for endless entertainment. Oy Very!

 
At 8:16 AM, Blogger Chris said...

That was in my mouth! Wash it off!

 
At 9:29 AM, Blogger bsimms8907 said...

"Brenda did you like me?"

Pause...

"No!"

Haha I loved that part!

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger Hipstercrite said...

@Penny- Endless entertainment indeed!
Thank you for watching!

@Chris- Ha. They're so mean to each other in that part.

@Bsimms- Hahahaha. It's true. None of us liked him. However, we do now love him. Still don't like him though. ;)

 
At 10:26 AM, Blogger theTsaritsa said...

They definitely have a unique "first meeting" story!

 
At 10:56 AM, Blogger kwerk said...

Love it love it love it.

Makes me even more eager to go see my grandparents over Christmas. :)

 
At 11:55 AM, Blogger "M" said...

This is so cute.

 
At 5:28 PM, Blogger Lauramc said...

I absolutely love every minute of that video. They are darling and so funny! He reminds me a lot of my grandpa.

 
At 7:03 PM, Blogger Ells said...

Aw. Bittersweet. Definition of it.

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger Big Mark 243 said...

I agree with Ells... he may be happy not to be alone... they both might be that, but your Nana seems to have done the math and reached the conclusion that putting up with his bs is better than not having anyone around to put up with...

 
At 10:36 PM, Blogger girluntitled said...

this was adorable! i love old fart romance!

 
At 11:38 PM, Blogger laurenne said...

love it! So so so cute. I love Lionel's hat. Or mak. Or whatever he said hat was in Hebrew.
Totally reminds me of my family. I guess men NEVER change. Still talking about shit and sex even when they're old! Sigh.

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger Kim said...

OMGosh. Too fun!

 
At 5:07 PM, Blogger Ella said...

I finally got the chance to watch the clip today.

I think you've got yourself a very solid family and you are so lucky.

Your grandma and Lionel are too cute.

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger Christopher said...

That was insanely adorable. I can't wait to be an ornery old man and get kicked out of places.

 

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