GRAND Magazine - March/April 2010 - (Page 32)

first person ball to the farthest end of the yard and shot two successive hoops. Undeterred, Gram proceeded to call over to him, using the Eastern European form of nicknaming the children: “Ronchkinyoo, what vegetable do you want for dinner on Thursday?” The dinner menu for four days hence was the last thing on Ron’s mind, as remote as his chance of ever kissing Ellen Goldberg. But while Ronchkinyoo was ready to swear to his snickering friends that he had never met this crazed woman who pretended to know him, 40 years later Gram’s memory brings a smile to his lips. His eyes moisten with pleasure when he reminisces about that special woman who nurtured him with boundless devotion. That question “Ronchkinyoo, what vegetable do you want for dinner on Thursday?” had, in time, distilled into a legacy, for Ron became a cross between being a grandma hen and the manager who plans ahead. “We’ll need to get Jonathan a new winter coat,” Ron says when our son’s school breaks for the summer. “Do you want a window seat or an aisle when we go to the Bahamas?” he asks when he calls me at my office five months before the trip. The last-minute person in me Gram’s legacy Who’s thinking ahead now? By Talia Carner T he spring he turned 11, my husband’s parents asked his grandmother to watch him when they left for a sunny Florida vacation. That first afternoon—as he did every day—Ron played ball in his Brooklyn schoolyard with a dozen other preadolescent boys. Suddenly, Gram appeared behind the chain-link fence and, to his horror, presented him with hot chocolate. Humiliation swept over him. Hiding behind an air of nonchalance, he turned his back and dribbled the GRAND MARCH APRIL

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - March/April 2010

GRAND Magazine - March/April 2010
Win a litl Webbook!
GRAND Central
Win Something Wonderful!
Ken and Margie Blanchard: Grade A with the Grandkids
The Gift of Green Investing
The Best Half
Do You Wanna Dance?
She vs. She
Gram’s Legacy
Star Performer
GRAND Finale

GRAND Magazine - March/April 2010