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Grandma Helga doing her best Khrushchev impression | by Ryan Vaarsi
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Grandma Helga doing her best Khrushchev impression

My grandma Helga, 97, is doing a brief rehabilitation stint after a "minor" stroke and is bouncing off the walls. She has things to do, you see. Still sharper than a whole box of tacks, she calls my aunt to dictate bill payments over the phone and knows her accounts to the cent. While I visited with her, she ordered my father to turn over to me a bag full of coins that she had given him at some point in the dear, dim past and likely hadn't mentioned since. She was apologetic that it was all she had to bequeath to me, though I can't help thinking that getting my family out of post-war Europe was a pretty fair bequest

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Taken on February 8, 2014