From the January/February, 2008 issue of Touchstone
Grandfather Clause by Annegret Hunter

Grandfather Clause

Annegret Hunter on Grumpy Old Men & Their Grandchildren

I wonder sometimes, what they teach these days. My granddaughter does not even know how to lay a table. Imagine, a teenager! Her mother never taught her,” remarks an unhappy friend. “Why don’t you do it?” I say. She gasps: “Oh no, I would never do that. My daughter-in-law would not allow it.”

“What could she possibly have against that?” I counter, astonished. “Just take the girl aside and show her. You are the grandmother.”

My friend shakes her head grimly. “I would never see my granddaughter again.” She drops her voice and painfully goes on: “It already happened with my son. Oh, he . . .


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