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Thank you all for your support, love, and prayers during the last month as I shared and processed my experience of losing Charles and all that it involved. Now I will return to some of the stories in my current book, My Favorite Senior Moments: From the Funny Side of the Street. The book has been released on paperback and digital. You can find it online or in stores.

My Favorite Senior Moments

Rosalind invited her family to meet her for lunch at her favorite coffee shop. It would be her treat to celebrate her granddaughter Hannah’s fifth birthday. Everyone arrived on time and settled into the large corner booth, dressed up and smiling.

Rosalind’s daughter Amanda took one look at her mother and nodded approval. “Mom, you look beautiful. Purple is definitely your color. You should wear it more often.”

Donny poked his two cents’ worth into the conversation. “Yeah, Grandma. Purple is a good color for you. It matches your hands.”

Rosalind looked at the spider veins on her hands and laughed. “Good observation, Donny. And my dress matches my legs too.”

“You mean those purple lines on your legs?”

“Uh, yes, those are the ones!”

“Well, at least they go with your dress. But if you wear some other color I think you should stick to pants, don’t you?”

“Good idea!”

Grandkids say the cutest–and sometimes the rudest things!


For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. ~ Matthew 23:12






Pretty in Purple — 12 Comments

  1. Hi Karen, this is a heartwarming story. I like Rosalind’s loving spirit and good-naturedness going along with the kids’ brutally honest remarks about her. Bless her heart. Thank you for sharing. Jing

    • Thanks, Jing. Kids don’t hold back, for sure. Now that my ‘grands’ are older they are a little more tactful, but now I hide my ‘purple’ under pants and long sleeves! 🙂

  2. I’ll think of this every time I wear purple from now on. 🙂 Thanks for a smile today. I’ll have to find that book. Still praying for you!!

  3. Karen, you are so amazing. Thank you for takng time to share humor….I love you, and this is a cute story. I think I will stick to wearing slacks. I have too many honest nieces and nephews afoot!

    • Thanks, Lynni. I’m enjoying a couple of weeks of giving my oldest daughter some ‘mommy care’ as she heals from her recent surgery. It’s lovely here in ‘your’ midwest. Tulips are blooming and it’s green everywhere. Wish I could take some of it back to California.

    • Yes, it’s time for some smiles and laughter. Even the worst situations have a silver lining if we pay attention.

  4. Love it!!Children are so honest! My sister, Kittie, was at church and an adorable little girl was sitting beside her, looked up at her and said: ” You’re a grandma”. Kittie said she was but how could she tell. The child put her hand on Kittie’s arm above her elbow, played with the “fat” (ha) and said, “because you have one of these”.

    I was in the hospital and the nurses were getting ready to put an IV in my hand and excitedly said: “OH, what beautiful hands !” I had to laugh and said they were ugly-because of the huge veins-I was still laughing when they said: “oh but that is what makes them beautiful” !!

    The moral of this story is to accept the wisdom that can come from children and nurses too ! The child was wise to suggest the lady wear pants if she was not wearing purple~~the nurses?? The nurses were wise, because I had been sort of “down” on all these imperfections and THEY made me thank God, literally, for these large veins as it sure made it easier for the nurses and the pain was not so bad either~~ at least I have hands!!

    Love you ! margaret

    • I love these cute real-life stories, Margaret. I’ll have to keep them in mind for another book!! 🙂

  5. I like this story Karen, it hits home. I also have a real-life story. I took my grandson for a snack, we were leaving and he noticed a sports car. He informed me that he had seen an old women driving a car just like that one day “she was your age Grandma” He is married now, so I was still fairly young at that time. Children does not always see through rose colored glasses!!!!!

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