Crazy is as Crazy Does

I don’t know a lot of background about my family and it turns out anything I did know may not be reliable information. My family doesn’t talk about stuff, I don’t find anything out unless I ask and I never bothered to ask before really. I really don’t know how my parents met or why they got married. I don’t know much about how my uncle (my father’s brother) died other than it was skin cancer.

The Grandmother was the only one who ever really told me stories and by golly they were interesting. Then it started to occur to me over the years that maybe her stories were a little out there.

Grandmother's Portrait

a painting my grandfather had of her in their apartment

She has this bag she uses to go to the bathroom in, has had it for years, she told me she has this because she was shot at a doctor’s office in NYC. This is why (she told me) she doesn’t go to NYC doctors anymore. I mentioned this to my mom at Thanksgiving this year and she was like “what?!?” I still don’t know why she has the bag thing :dunno:

She told me her father was the one to teach one of the Marx Brothers (Chico maybe?) how to play the piano. Is this true? I have no idea but I’m starting to assume most of what she told me was in her own head and only there.

I’d always thought she was crazy, like really certifiably crazy. We recently found a police report among the stuff we took from their apartment after my grandfather died and we had to move her to a home. It said she called the police because she thought my 80+ year old grandfather had a girlfriend living in their apartment. In the report it noted the medicine she was on, which were anti-phsychotic.

So we’re thinking now, she was always crazy, maybe from birth. It amazes me my grandfather stayed with this woman for 60 years, most of the time never on medication. I can’t imagine how hard that was. No matter how screwed up and unhealthy that may be, that is undying love.

I just ask, when I start ranting about Manly Man’s “girlfriend” living in our house…just get the straight jacket please and lock my ass up :crazy:

  1. crystal

    December 16, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Wow. And I thought my family was strange when my grandfather managed to convince every grandchild that he was in movies with John Wayne. :twitchy:

  2. bluepaintred

    December 16, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I have my three boys convinced that the big scar on their grandpas (my dad’s) side is a from a shark bite (LOL a NURSE shark) they have no idea its from a kidney transplant.

  3. Glenn

    December 16, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    I am over near Boston and we got all rain here. I feel for ya with no power. Can’t be nakid very long without any heat. Not as much as I do anyway…. As far as crazy goes. I thing we all are a little.. :avi: :nana: :twitchy:

  4. Robin

    December 16, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    @crystal – maybe he was :dunno:
    @bluepaintred – a nurse shark? you might be worried about those kids of yours…
    @Glenn – true. oh and to add some weirdness to this…the son (my uncle) my grandmother lost…his name was Glenn :what:

  5. Gwen

    December 16, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    First, Chico was the Marx brother who played the piano, tho Harpo did take lessons as well.
    Second, if that’s true, that is the coolest thing I’ve ever heard (mostly because I love the Marx brothers more than any 24 year old in 2008 ever should).
    Third, I can relate completely to having a family member who tells insane stories. My great-grandfather was the same. He was a world class bullshitter and the more you look in to his stories the more you have to wonder if he ever told anyone the truth about anything. I think he did it to sound more interesting and honestly, they are pretty awesome stories. (For years my grandmother believed that all of the fingers on her dad’s one hand were the same length because a German shot them off during the war. It wasn’t until she was an adult and long after he died that someone told her they had actually been cut off in a machining accident… hahahaha)
    Apparently my brother inherited his ability to tell stories. All I got was his tendency to curse like a drunken irish sailor.


  6. themuttprincess

    December 16, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Family is entertaining…

    Him staying with her is true love. (or maybe he was crazy like her..)

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