An Unusual Job for “Granny”


When I did a post recently about my dad, and mentioned that my grandma worked, a blogger friend of mine, ElleBee, left a great comment regarding a joke that her family loved to tell about her grandma’s job.  

. . . When I was very young, [Grandma] worked at Sheldon’s/Mepps, who made … fishing lures. She stripped the squirrel tails and fastened the lures to hooks. The family joke was that … Grandma was “a hooker and a stripper”!

Thank you, ElleBee for sharing a story that made both Hubby and me laugh out loud.  I bet your family never got tired of telling that story and teasing Grandma about it!

btw, I’m grossed out by the squirrel part.  But, it’s still a very funny story!

9 Responses to An Unusual Job for “Granny”

  1. Linda says:

    I agree. That comment made me laugh, too. I’m glad you gave it a larger audience with this post!

  2. Sandra says:

    Linda — I’m glad you thought it was worth repeating too. 🙂

  3. ellebee says:

    Aww…thanks for the shout-out, Sandra. Our family still laughs (with my Gram…86 and lives on her own!) about that!

  4. Beth says:


    I have to agree, though; any job involving squirrel tails is one I’d have a hard time with. 😀

    Wow, 86 and still living alone–that is fantastic!!

  5. Sandra says:

    ElleBee — I bet Gram laughs the hardest! 🙂

    Beth — Uh huh, me too.

    Apparently being a “hooker and a stripper” aids in longevity. Who’da thunk it! 🙂

    Chrissy — Ditto. 🙂

  6. Pam says:

    Now that is funny! I thought your job (retired) must have some great stories to it.

  7. Sandra says:

    Pam — I assume you mean my job as the matron at the jail. Yeah, I did have some interesting times, but I have to be careful about privacy with the stories I would tell from there. But, I’ll think about it and see if I can’t come up with something I CAN tell. 🙂

  8. That’s a terrific story; they sound like a special family 🙂

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