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Thursday, November 6, 2008

A Letter To My Grandmother

Dear Grandma,

How are you? I'm really looking forward to your birthday party this next weekend. The Tongginator misses you and is counting the days until she can see her beloved GGMa. (That stands for Great-Grandma, y'all.)

But Grandma, I'm afraid I have something to tell you that you might not like hearing. I love you very much. And I know you have excellent taste. Having said that, I need to share something with you that might feel a tad painful. You see, while I love your couch, it's time for a new one.

Here's why...

Tonggu Momma with my cousin DannyBoy
Christmas 1985

Are you wearing your glasses, Grandma? I'm not there to fetch them for you, so do you need a closer look? Here's a different picture from the same year...

Aunt R with my cousin Cinderella, Christmas 1985

Now Grandma, I wouldn't say anything at all if I knew money was a concern. But it's not a concern, so I really, truly think it's time. Because that same couch is still sitting in the living room. And - I'm so sorry to be the one to tell you, Grandma - it's a tad outdated.

Tonggu Grammy and the Tongginator
Spring 2005

I love you. And I'll take you couch shopping anytime you say the word. Hugs, kisses and unsolicited advice from your granddaughter, Tonggu Momma

For more fashion and furniture faux pas from decades ago, check out Sincerely Fro Me To You at We Are THAT Family.

34 comments:

Krista ~ Bits and pieces said...

Your grandma is hip with her vintage style!!!

Dawn said...

I think the colors of the plaid couch are back in style. She's ahead of the game!

My grandmother has a couch (still!) with large orange flowers in a velvty fabric. Yep.

Blessings!

happygeek said...

YOu know, I'm with Grandma on this one.
That couch really isn't THAT bad. Now the floral one in the first pic?
That one has GOT to go should it still be alive and kickin!

Aunt LoLo said...

Aw...I think the couch is kind of...kicky, and VERY nostalgic. ;-)

Oh, and ugly...but I think that's a prerequisite for being kicky and nostalgic at Grandma's house!

Michelle said...

Honestly, I actually like the floral one. But maybe from afar. Across a crowded room. Up close it may be, to quote from "Clueless", like a Monet. (Yes, I just quoted from Clueless. Sad, I know.) I would say the striped one has to go. I think Dawn may have trumped you on this one, though. Nothing, and I mean nothing, tops orange velvet with flowers. My aunt had one. One word: ICK!

BTW, I love your flashback photos. :-)

Have a great day!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Yes, but, but, but... it's over 25 years old, y'all!!!! TWENTY-FIVE. YEARS. OLD.

redmaryjanes said...

Be careful what you wish for...my gma has a new couch and it looks older than the old one. The old style floral print just screams for a plastic slip cover. You'd better tag along for guidance :)

Georgia Peach said...

Top photo...The white sofa with the gold paisley-ish pattern...not the one you are point to...the other one...see it?

Papple's GiGi (great-grandmother) has that EXACT SAME COUCH.

too funny. :0)

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Fun pictures--everyone is so happy!

Maren said...

Creepy! My grandmother still has the same couch as the top picture, but hers sports a lovely plastic slipcover. Besides the slipcover, it's in the formal living room that nobody has ever been allowed to enter. I think she's preserving it for the Smithsonian!

PIPO said...

Personally I think that floral going on right behind you in that fist pic is fab. I could work that look like no other...seriously.

Hey, grammy is comfortable...have at it grammy. I hope she snaps a shot of herself in a red hat, bathrobe and bunny slippers while lounging on that couch and sends it to ya ;0)

Tammy said...

*GASP*

Ok, wait, this is not ok. Hi, my name is Tammy and I'm a germophobe.

25 yeas is a lot of time for fabric and an even longer time for GENERATIONS of germs to multiply, divide and whatever they do.

PLEASE, Tonggu Grammy.....puhleeze, get a new couch.

Thank you, now I'm going to wash my hands. :-)

Pug Mama said...

now THAT'S funny!!!!

We are THAT Family said...

Wow, you can't get rid of the couch! It's like a family heirloom! PASS IT DOWN!

jennifer said...

THat is so funny. She just needs to wait a little longer and it will be back in style again!!

McEwens said...

What... you dont like that couch? I bet if you wait a few more years it will be back in style! Besides think of all the great coins in there!

K and/or K said...

I love it. The sofa. Really, I do. She is retro "shiek "as my aunt would say. She thinks Shabby Chic is Shabby Shiek, no lie.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I agree....a couple more years and it will be back in style again!!

Funny post!

Last summer K@lly & R@gis did a show looking for the most outdated couch in America.....you could have put TGG in the running!

Crayl said...

I know to you it's old, but to me it's brand new! :)
It's so "retro". but look what good shape it's in. Why spend money when you don't have to? You could always slip cover it too. Oh, and love your bangs in that first shot.

Kasey Hunt said...

Maybe she thinks like my Grandma used to: If it ain't broke, don't fix it!! Or if it's still usable don't change it!

Valarie said...

That is quite the long suffering couch. :)

P.S. He loves you.. said...

those couches would be the hit now..don't you know?!

Mine is so ran down..I keep threatening my dh with a new one..think if i just do it then "tell him afterwards" he'd mine? Yeah ..I think NOT!

Thanks for stopping by ;)

a Tonggu Momma said...

Tammy - You nailed it! It's not what you SEE, it's what you DON'T SEE. Twenty-five plus years of germs. Don't even get me started.

The Glamorous Life said...

I that is awesome.

Grandma is all "I know what I like. And what I like doesn't change."

Grandma is cool. Grandma is commited. She is all about the long-term relationship. Those are things one looks for in a Grandma right?

:)

CC said...

I was already to say "just throw a blanket over it" until your germ comment. You've got a point there.

Rebecca of "China, Baby!" said...

This cracked me up. :) Mostly because I can so relate. My Grandma and Grandpa have had the same couches since I was a little girl. They are IMMACULATE. But they smell like grandparents. If they bequeath these couches to me in their will, what am I going to do? I can't just junk them, these things are a piece of my past. I was yelled at many a time for jumping on them. But if I keep them... heaven knows what's crawling in there.

Yes, definitely tag along with Grammy if she takes your advice. I have seen stuff at furniture stores that is 10 times more hideous. Think burgundy and hunter green floral. ACK.

xoxo

Janet said...

Hilarious. Go Grandma, go! LOL!

Lisa said...

Now I am in AWE that your Grandma got the couch to last that long! Mine would have springs and piping and threads all pokin' through the cushions by now....couches these days, phew.

Hey...I am shooting you an award tonight, TM, because I know how much you love them. Can't wait to receive my naked booty thing. Cause you know that type of thing is right up my alley.

Heather of the EO said...

It is so nice of you to help your grandma like this!

Also... the stuff you come up with for these posts is simply genius. I'll bet you think of it in the shower.

Wait. That might sound weird. But really, that's where we moms get our thinking done. There, and in the late hours of the night with our should-be sleeping heads on our pillows.

Meredith Teagarden said...

You make me laugh like nobody else in Blogland! I would be honored to be linked this week. Thank you!

May I add you to my Fab Moms List?

happygeek said...

Popping back in. 25 years really isn't that long.
Mind you, this is from the woman who still wears the same belt from High School.
MY 15th reunion was this year.
I may not be the best person to advise your grammy.

Muthering Heights said...

Wow, she must have kept in very good condition!

Marivic_Little GrumpyAngel said...

Ha-ha-ha! Maybe it's not too bad. Retro is hip you know :-) I'm thinking maybe your Grandma just doesn't want to spend your inheritance on a new couch :-)

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

My mom does the same thing. Once she buys something she really likes, that's all she wrote. They have had the same wall decorations for thirty years, at least. I can't decide if I should try to get her to change or if I should actually be a tad bit more like her. A little more content, you know?