Wednesday, June 3, 2009

My Grandmother Used to Drink Miracle Multi-Vitamin

I don't drink alcohol at all, but I tell you some of my family do, and may be if you read my previous post about drinking on the trips - yeah drinking in Europe was and is very common. I still remember the martial law in Poland in early 80s, when we lived on food coupons and allowed only one bottle of vodka per household. And even better I remember those days when those who liked to drink, sat in front of the store drinking perfume and eating pickles. This being story for another day, let me then tell you this cute story about my grandmother.

The story goes - as kids my parents used to give us all kinds of vitamins. Mind you on top of that we used to eat out the garden - current, plums, apples, goose berries, strawberries - and some of them never got to the ripe state. Yes we loved sour. Yes, yes the vitamin story! Did we ever needed, never know - I guess my parents were on the mission to grow healthy kids, thus they finally got hold of this miracle multi-vitamin for us, them and my grandmother. In the liquid form, tasted just like very sweet sweet strawberry juice - and we liked it. It was hard to get this particular one, but my dad being very useful TV and radio repairman in the neighbourhood - he got all kinds of favors, and especially from the pharmacist.

You probably saying get to the point, so I will. In the late 80's we came to Canada, leaving my grandmother behind. One day my parents came across the same multi-vitamin here in Canada. Then they decided to send some to my grandmother, since our departure she wasn't able to get one. We send one bottle, then been asked for more - she loved it. She would ask, send me some more. 'I feel really really good every time I have a shot' - she would pass this message in the letters from my aunt. Yes, she loved it - so we sent more. Twenty years passed, my grandmother is now gone, resting in peace. I got married, got new home, and a bottle of the vitamin in my fridge - brand new, never opened, with label reading 12% alcohol.

37 comments:

  1. Hey, that was somehow a sweet short story. No tragic surprises; just a mild joy of anticipating something which is unfulfilled, and is good, just like 12% alcohol preserved inside a small cold bottle. :)

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  2. Hey Anna! Loved your story! Love to you:)

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  3. LOL!! I love this story Anna. :) It pays to read the label. :)

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  4. Oh, that is too precious - giggle! I take it she also lived to be a ripe old age?

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  5. Oh Anna! No wonder your Gran loved it!!! She would have loved Nyquil for sure!!!
    Sandi

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  6. How funny!! Grandmothers are so special!! Now, where can I get some Miracle Vitamin? LOL!

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  7. this is definitely a top 5 story to tell ! how are you sweetheart??? How's Matt?

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  8. Hi Anna…

    LOL

    Ohhhh Alcohol….that’s vitamin “A” right? LOL

    I think you should add 12% alcohol to your key words think of all the hits!!! LOL

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  9. very provoking story ... I think we should have Vitamins in our life because wine or beer doesnt work for me.... hehehe

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  10. You are so funny. Your sweet story reminds me of the week I worked in a rehab place, and we had to confiscate everything with alcohol in it - including cologne!

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  11. What An Amazing Story !! Really Fantastic !!Your Posts Are Nice !!Also I Have Started My Own Website And Would Like You To Have A Look At It.I Would Love To Have Your Comments On That Also.Unseen Rajasthan

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  12. Hi.. I am just trying to send you comment..

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  13. Hey, I can leave the comments now.. I had the problem in my system. Now its fine. Good to see you again Anna. Your story is amazing..I always love to see you posts.

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  14. I loved this story, Anna. The image "drinking perfume and eating pickles" will stay in my mind for a long time. Something about perfume and pickles in the same sentence that is just perfect! I'm glad you find a little time in your busy life to share your stories.

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  15. Anna, I guess everybody has their personal elixir. Just keep that one out of Matthew's reach, once he's able to open the refrigerator.

    :-D

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  16. Hehehe Ana, very nice story you told, and yes, in Europe people do drink :) Red wine is so good for you, and a little drink of whisky, or cognac, or vodka a day does miracles for the heart too, cleaning the blood vessels etc. But I am not here to convert you into a drinker, not at all ;)
    And yes, alcohol is even in the Stevia extract drops that I using in my coffe and tea :) and I keep using this one even though now is Stevia extract on water bases as well.

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  17. LOL, what a sweet story about your grandmother!

    And thanks for dropping by my place yesterday and leaving a comment.

    Jane

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  18. Thank Jagjit, yes that was honest drinking story, lol. Thanks for your comment, and glad to see you back. Yeah look who is talking, lol, I am late too with this reply. Anna :)

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  19. D's Poetry, thanks and same to you too. Anna :)

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  20. Hi Joan, yes it does in deed, lol. Thanks for your comment. Anna :)

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  21. Thanks Shrinky. Yes she did, and she was a lovely woman. Anna :)

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  22. Sandi, lol, Nyquil and why I didn't think about that. Thanks again, Anna :)

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  23. Hello Cheffie-Mom, lol, I think is produced in Switzerland, funny how we had to send it from Canada, lol. Thanks for visiting my dear. Anna :)

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  24. Hello Iv, and thanks. We are doing fine, busy, and Matthew is growing. Had his vaccination shots so he had a bit of reaction to it, but he is little trooper. Thanks for asking again, Anna :)

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  25. Yes yes LS lots of vitamin A, lol. You probably right about the hits, lol. Thanks for the hint my friend. Anna :)

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  26. Hey Sunshine you are absolutely right, alcohol does not work with me either. Thanks for your visit my dear. Anna :)

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  27. Ruth, thanks, lol, yes many things these days have alcohol in them, including cough medication. Thanks for your lovely visit Ruth. Anna :)

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  28. Unseen Rajasthan thanks for your kind comment. I will visit you shortly. Anna :)

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  29. Angel my dear friend, I am glad that all worked out for you and now you can comment back again. Thanks again for all your lovely emails, and your contact information. I will keep you in mind, just the timing isn't great right now. Matthew is keeping me very busy. He had his vaccination last week, and he reacted a bit. He is at the transition stage too so we don't really know when he will go sleep, and sometimes he can survive all day with out one.

    Angel thanks so much for being patient with me, hope all is well, and I will be visiting your blog shortly. Anna :)

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  30. Thanks Carol, yes the perfume and pickles image will be with me too. Yes it is busy time, I guess once everyone sleeps I get my time, lol. Thanks for dropping by, and hope all is well. Anna :)

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  31. Thanks San, so far we thought Matthew how to close the refrigerator, lol. Thanks for the tip, lol. Anna :)

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  32. Lol TatianaV, so you not trying to convert me, lol. I guess I had some cough medication, so that usually knocks me down, lol. So you like little alcohol in your diet, lol. Hey a bit is okay, get the nice blood circulation going and transporting good nutrients efficiently. Thanks again my dear. Anna :)

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  33. Hey Jane no problem. Glad you could make it here. Anna :)

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  34. Hey Anna,

    LOL they drank perfumes in the streets? Perfume? Ok, now I have heard it all...lol

    Anyway, are you saying that your granny liked the vitamin because of the 12% alcohol? lol...Ai, ai, ai...Anna ;)!

    This was one lovely story, as always, darling!

    Cheers

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  35. Max yes perfumes, scary stuff, but man in Poland would do anything to get a drink. Yes she did, that was cute to find out. Thanks so much for reading my story, and sorry for late reply my dear friend. Anna :)

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  36. Anna,

    It is my pleasure, and you are never tardy :D!

    Cheers

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  37. Thanks Max! You Rock! Anna :)

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And now lets hear your blobbing, lol!