A tough month for grandmothers
Last month, I wrote a post entitled “Mother’s Day in September” because moms kept popping up in the news headlines.
Now it appears that October is the month for grandmothers. And once again, the news isn’t good.
Joyce Dexter was an 84-year-old grandmother living peacefully in Salt Lake City, Nevada. On October 3, police were called to her home to investigate a domestic disturbance. When the cops walked in, they found Dexter’s grandson, 21-year-old Zachary Weston, standing over her dead body with a bloody knife in his hand.
Weston had stabbed his grandmother more than 100 times, slit her throat and her abdomen, and removed several of her organs. Family members told police that Weston suffered from mental illness and had even been arrested before. Sadly, nothing was done to prevent this terrible tragedy and now a sweet grandmother is dead. And Dexter is only the beginning.
25-year-old Aisha Sanders of Dayton, Ohio, pleaded no contest this week to beating her 86-year-old grandmother to death. Mary Muha was found dead in her home last December after Sanders went on a crack cocaine bender and murdered her so she could steal her television, presumably to buy more crack. Now Sanders faces one of the most effective drug treatment programs in the nation: prison.
It all started with a Tweet sent out by KitchenAid, a subsidiary of Whirlpool: “Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! She died 3 days b4 he became president.” The culprit was a KitchenAid employee who likely lost his or her job after this fiasco. And the Whirlpool people could not be more apologetic.
82-year-old Virginia Hamlin of Anna, Texas, just lost her husband and decided to mourn with family. She accompanied her daughter and grandson to a local pizzeria for dinner and spent some time showing her husband’s obituary to staff there. Suddenly, a car crashed into the restaurant and sent Hamlin to meet her husband in the afterlife.
The driver, an 80-year-old woman and possible grandmother herself, had mistakenly hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. Her vehicle hit a pole and a minivan before barreling in to Mama Mia’s Pizzeria and killing Hamlin.
October has definitely been rough for grandmas, and we’re not even halfway through the month yet. While I hope this vicious cycle is broken soon and no more grandmothers have to suffer, one thing concerns me more: Will dads be next in November?
I hope not. But if they are, it looks like I’ll be using some vacation time and laying low!