Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What do you make of this?

We have a mystery to solve!

Hi, Eva here.

I’ve written before about people watching, and I have another incident that just begs for a story to be written about it. So, after you read this, please let me know your thoughts.

Not too long ago, I was waiting in my doctor’s office when a woman and a little boy came out of an exam room. The woman sat without a smile. She avoided eye contact. The boy went to play with a toy on the floor. He seemed about five or six years old and happy enough. He had a coughing fit, and so let’s assume the appointment was for him. The woman sat with her back straight, her eyes fixed on the boy. Her short hair was dyed blonde. She could have been an older mother, who’d had a hard life, which added years to her appearance, but I believe she was old enough to be his grandmother. Her build was plump, in a stocky, beefy way. Her whole aura screamed, “Don’t mess with me.” Even though her nails were femininely manicured with clear polish and red tips. And yes, I’m certain it was nail polish and not blood. Lol

The boy said, “Grandma.”

She said, “Excuse me?”

He froze, except for his innocent face that turned up to look at her. “Gloria,” he corrected himself.

“That’s better,” she told him.

So, what do you make of this?

Why would she not want him to call her Grandma?

Was she actually even his grandma?

Please, tell me what you think and let's solve this mystery!

Eva Maria Hamilton is the author of Highland Hearts, a Love Inspired Historical novel published by Harlequin. Her novel, Highland Hearts, won 2nd Place in the Historical Romance, as well as the Traditional/Inspirational Romance Categories in the Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Awards, and was an Inspirational Series Finalist in the 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her short story, Disinherited Love, can be read in the anthology, A Kiss is Still A Kiss. Eva Maria Hamilton is also the owner of Lilac Lane Publishing, which has currently published, Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice Colouring & Activity Book featuring Illustrations from 1895, and Jane Austen’s Sense And Sensibility Colouring & Activity Book featuring Illustrations from 1896.

To connect with Eva Maria Hamilton online, please visit her at www.evamariahamilton.com


  1. Hi Eva ... A lot of "young" grandparents don't like the inferred age that comes being a grandparent. So "grandma" means you "must be old". Some grandparents are known as g-daddy and g-mommy to add some rapper cred and youthfulness to the title.

    I suspect this might be what is going on here in your scene.

    Fun post, Eva.

    BTW, I'm soon to be a granddad for the first time in 2 months and a few people have commented about my age. I'm too excited about becoming one so have no issue with being perceived as old.

  2. Could be :)

    Congratulations, Ian!!! A spring baby! How wonderful!

    1. Or autumnal for us down under! Bless.

    2. Our oldest was born In April and so my mind always jumps to happy memories of that time :)

  3. As I think about this, it seems to me the woman's thoughts were somewhere else. Staring and no eye contact, also makes me think this. She definitely was not impressed with being a grandma, and perhaps she was not impressed with her grandson's parent/parents. Interesting.....

    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Bonnie! Interesting, indeed :)
      My writer's mind can put this into so many different plots :)

  4. Fun post, Eva. The child was adopted and the "grandmother" had neither accepted the relationship nor approved of it. The mother had to work, so the "gran" looked after him during the day. But that didn't mean she had to accept the title that went with the role. :-)

  5. Sad situation, but Shirley's sounds likely to me. In the story (Not real life I hope!) I would give the little boy a serious diagnosis that forces this woman to rethink her relationship with him and his parents. Maybe something that requires her to share an organ or at least blood for him to survive. Of course, she will tell him to call her Grandma in the end.