The City: Grandmas Keep Beloved Staten Island Restaurant Going, One Jar of Sauce at a Time. “When COVID-19 overtook New York City, restaurant owner Joe Scaravella didn’t think twice about closing Enoteca Maria, one of Staten Island’s most beloved eateries. He decided the chefs — a rotating posse of grandmas with roots from around the world — were too vulnerable. ‘They’re in their sixties, seventies, eighties,’ said Scaravella. ‘They can’t participate in this staying-open experiment.’ But after months of only serving meals to essential workers on weekends, some of the nonnas — Italian for ‘grandmothers’ — are finally back in the kitchen part-time.”
New-to-me, from the CBC: The Grandma Archives: Documenting the extraordinary lives of Edmonton matriarchs. “The story of [Louise] Perkins’s grandmother is one of many chronicled in the Grandma Archives, an Edmonton-based digital archive designed to preserve the stories of local grandmothers, mothers and matriarchs. The online catalogue features dozens of articles, photographs, letters, videos and audio files, each one using an ordinary object to represent important memories and pieces of family history.”
Gulf News: Meet a 78 year-old social media influencer. “While being an online influencer may be the trend these days, a 78 year-old Indian expatriate in Sharjah prefers to use her knowledge and a collection of 18,000 SMSs to share useful messages with her followers on WhatsApp.”
A very polite grandmother has gone viral for her courtesy to Google. “Google has thanked an 86-year-old British woman who proved old-fashioned manners have a place in the modern world when she typed ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in an internet search.” Not too long ago I was at my Granny’s and I used Siri for a search. I said something snarky to Siri and Granny scolded me. Three cheers for polite grandmothers.