Composition I 1410 34
What Comes With Age
My grandma Judy is an amazing person; in her 75 years here on earth she has accomplished so many things. She started out working with her husband on a farm, and then Judy began attending college at the University of Minnesota for nutrition and health. After she finished college she got a job working for the government as a Home Economics Advisor for poverty level Families visiting houses and teaching classes making sure that their children were getting the proper nourishment. While she had that job she saw some horrific things. Things that most people only see in movies, and make them cringe.
“I remember this story vaguely.” She told me as she put the coffee on. My grandma was telling me how she had gone to the U of M and studied nutrition. Soon after she graduated she was hired by the government to travel and inspect households of the lesser privileged. There was a particular house she visited in Randall, MN that caught my attention. The house was just a minute or so from town. When she set off on the trip to reach this house she had no idea what she was in for.
Once Judy arrived at the house she first noticed that it was not much of a house at all, it was more of a large shack, not homey at all. Judy walked to the door and knocked. A woman with not even half a set of teeth in her head answered the door. My grandma began to explain that she worked for the government and she had some pamphlets and things to show her about different nutrition and things regarding her children. The woman welcomed Judy into her kitchen. They sat down at the kitchen table, which was an old beaten up desk, and she began her explaining. My grandma told me that the woman seemed very interested in everything that she was telling her. She told me the house smelled of putrid cat urine, since they had several cats all over the house, there were also animal feces and pee spots all over. While they were sitting at the table, a very thin young girl came up to the woman and started whispering into her ear. My grandma explained to me how the little girl was hardly even wearing anything, all she had on was underwear, and she looked like she hadn’t showered in months. The little girl ran off once she was done whispering to the woman.
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Next came the tour of the house, it was a requirement that the woman showed my grandma the house, especially the kitchen. There were two bedrooms. One room was the children’s room, which there were eight children, which was also shared by the cats. The second bedroom was the parent’s room.
After my grandma left and went back to her work. She found out that both of the parents had mental disabilities and were unfit to care for their children. Judy had to appear in court and make a statement. While she was speaking in front of the court, the woman began to chide her with horrid remarks and terrible language. The government won the case and the children were removed from the household immediately. The parents were placed in assisted living housing and still live there to this day.
It is crazy what age brings to us wrinkles, liver spots, cancer, and so on. But when we think about growing old do we really think about all of the experience and knowledge we will have gained from living those seventy five or however many years? I know I do not. But now that I have heard some of the amazing things my grandma has been through, I look forward to it. Age isn’t just growing old outside, it is also expanding our minds and teaching us so much along the way.