He Would Be Mortified…

In my very young eye’s three of my grandparents were quite elites of their time, but I had a grandfather whose views of women was a bit too caveman and archaic, even I could recognize at quite a young age that he had a bad case of chauvinism.

Even though the short time spent around all of them was spent with their doting eyes and loving expression’s showered on their grandchildren, with some pampering and extra helpings of boiled groundnuts, roasted melon seed and the likes, I knew that the way grandpa treated my grandma was harsh, because his temper was quite short towards her.

If he were to return to pay a visit to my house for dinner, I bet his socks would fall off in shock when he hears me and my husband carrying on a conversation on just about every topic under the Sun.

His expectation would be that I should be sweating over the kitchen stove while the men discussed politics and drank straight scotch.

I am equally sure that he would be mortified at the modern audacity of women. The fact that we can blog and engage in conversations with other menfolk who are neither our Lords nor our Masters. As a matter of fact, he just might advise my husband to keep me in hand since he would consider that I have far too much lee-way.

Certainly, he would probably faint from shock when the conversation turns to politics and he hears that the a woman is daring to vy for the seat of The President of the United States of America.

On the other hand, I think that my grandma would be pleased with the recent advancement’s made to ease housework for women. She would be tickled with the dishwasher, washing machine and the vacuum cleaner. No more bending to sweep with the broom spuriously to ensure that the house is spic and span, no more hand washing heaps of clothes until the skin of your hands almost peel off.

She would be secretly pleased even if she keeps her opinions away from the ears of grumpy grandpa. She would probably want to sneak a mobile phone back with her as she leaves.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

The Daily Post prompt Modern Families.

If one of your late ancestors were to come back from the dead and join you for dinner, what things about your family would this person find the most shocking?

35 thoughts on “He Would Be Mortified…

  1. Ours was an oddball family on my Mom’s side. Very progressive for their time and age. Hippies, the lot of them! ^_^ Dad’s family was much like your grandpa.

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  2. This a great story of your grandparents. I’m sure many men from the past would be surprised the equality and better standards women are often achieving in society. I love the line about your grandmother in the cell phone. My Baba is in a seniors institution maybe for the past ten years as she could not live alone and needed care we could not provide her on her own. When she was more lucid and with it I remember her eyes growing big when we would pull out a cell phone. And she distinctly said, I need to get one of those. She loves talking on the phone. But she became too sick to learn how to use one or care. Thank you for sharing about your heritage.

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    • Aww so heart touching about your Baba. I have a soft spot for old people. I think it’s because I find them full of wisdom even when they are no longer strong enough to be active. One can learn so much just from watching them. Indeed the men of older times would have heart attacks at the better standards of women’s lives these days.

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  3. Lovely read. Really, such attitudes are the results of the times. But I did love the story. It would be crazy in life if those who lived before 1900 were alive again in their prime for 1 day. There would be chaos… but that’s understandable. Thanks again Jacqueline!

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