Family Album

My favorite memory of my grandma was when she cheated at Candy Land. My mom and I had gone back to visit her in a nursing home while she was rehabbing from her stroke. She had some trouble with her speech and physical strength, but she was still lucid and sharp. One day during our visit, after giving her a mani/pedi, we decided to play Candy Land. It was Grandma's turn, she picked up a few too many cards, looked through to see which one would move her along the furthest, and then put the rest back. My mom wasn't paying attention, so I called Grandma out and playfully said "hey, are you cheating?!". She looked up at me, there was a twinkle of mischief in her eyes, she smiled her great smile, and said, "No!" like a little kid who just got caught with their hand in the cookie jar. She never admitted to it, but she knew exactly what she was doing. And we laughed and laughed and kept playing. I think Grandma won that round too. It still makes me laugh to think about it. Her smil