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The Riddle of the Grandkids

A woman walked to the microphone at a networking meeting last night and, after giving her 30-second pitch, gave a five-second “something you don’t know about me” line.

She said: “I have no kids, but seven grandkids.” Then she invited us to figure it out.

My first thought was that she was married to someone who has seven grandchildren and, therefore, considers them her grandchildren as well.

But then I started to think about the words: grand meaning “magnificent or splendid”and kids referring to children and not goats.

I asked her if what she meant was that she didn’t just have ordinary children, she had grand children.

No, she replied, her partner has seven grandchildren.

I guess I was being too clever.

Until next time! Use the right words!

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May 5, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,


  1. And here I was thinking that possibly she no longer has children, rather than that she never had children. As if they might have died. Could be many hints, I guess.


    Comment by Anne Davies | May 5, 2016 | Reply

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