Somehow this topic came up in my mind few days ago. I've witnessed myself trapped in a very awkward situation with the elderly. The older they are, the more awkward it will be. Trust me.
Frankly, deep in my heart, I really want to be their chatting friends cos I know how it feels if everybody's busy with their own social life and no one cares about your existence.
The lifetime gap probably the main reason why we can't easily communicate to each other.
Grandma(s) & Grandpa(s)..
You won't have any idea how many times I really wish I can take them to hang out together with me. I did, couple of times. And the problems were things like... they can't afford to walk on foot all around the malls for hours. My grandpa dislike foods other than Indonesian food (e.g. sop buntut) so he didn't know what to eat when I took him to Sushi Tei or a western-food restaurant. My grandma is fussy about food too. Sigh.
I just want to let them to try another cuisine anyway.
Moreover, my grandma and I love window shopping, but what should I do with grandpa? I can't let him following us just like that and listen to 'are we going home yet' of his every 10 minutes. *confused*
When it comes to a conversation, our topics will be school progress, current affairs, or family & relatives latest updates. But sometimes when I have no things to talk about, I simply sit at the living room side-by-side to them and no chit-chat at all. That's weird.
Sometimes when they are not in the good mood, they can easily get mad without a cause. And if that happens, I will leave them right away. LOL.
Uncle(s) & Auntie(s)..
They (who's already 50 and over) have quite similar characters with the grandparents.
I have an uncle who always loves mocking and joking around. Surprisingly, he can even be very serious at the same time. He loves to share his knowledge about everything, which I think it's very impressing, in both explicit or implicit way.
Sometimes when my childish comes out, I can be very ignorant and bitchy to face their anger. *sorry, maybe we just had miscommunication*
Luckily I have not-too-old mommy thus we can share our wardrobes and bags *giggling*. Since I don't have any sister, so yeah.. mom is the only option I have LOL. She is very picky and overprotective about my boyfriends. However, she's still the best and only mom I've ever had.
I'm just wondering what will happen when I turn 50 something..