THE INTERNAL GPS
Mrs. Cranky has her own built in GPS. I believe she must have been a homing pigeon in a former life. Plop her anywhere in New Jersey, blindfold her, spin her around, and then remove the blindfold, she will tell you where you are, and tell you the shortest route home. In an unknown territory she has a skill many of her gender persuasion do not have. She can read a map.
I recently posted a blog “Handwriting” in which I poked fun at Mrs. Cranky’s chicken-scratch. She claims I am always making fun of her, so I am now posting on one of her fabulous qualities.
Mrs. C’s children, the step-cranks, often call for directions when they are lost. Yes they have a Garmin, but they prefer their maternal GPS system. Listening to these conversations is a treat. Mrs. C does not just tell them where to turn….well just listen to an example:
“Where are you now? Rt. 9. OK do you see a Shell Gas Station on your right? Good. Go three blocks, on the right you will see an Arbee’s on the left is a Stewarts. Go through the next light, and turn right at the “Your Gold for Sale” sign. Three more blocks and turn left at Watanobee Street, it will be just after a large blue house with a white fence on your right. OK then. Good luck.
Yesterday I was sent off to grocery shop. Mrs. Cranky made out a list in my presence to insure I could read her items. I hate grocery shopping as I am all over the store looking for stuff. I end up doing each aisle multiple times trying to find a single item.
Yesterday I was whipping through the store. Every time I found an item on the list, the next item was close by. I started with bread. By the time I reached the last aisle, dairy, I realized why I was moving so fast.
Mrs. Cranky had placed each item in order as I would find them in the store. Mind you, this store was the one near my Gym, a store where she seldom shops, and yet she knew where every item was. In the exact order!
I have no sense of direction; I am not good with maps. Mrs. Cranky has many wonderful attributes; I particularly need her internal GPS.