Eight or nine years ago, I bought my grandmother some very nice, rich skin lotion. She never used it, and now the stuff has totally degraded into a soupy mess. (It's been on the bathroom shelf the whole time, so I can check it whenever I visit.) She has always used the cheapest, nastiest stuff, so I don't see why she couldn't use the good stuff. I understand the idea of being sparing with "good" things to make them last, but doing so to the point where they totally go to waste seems REALLY silly. And then to keep it well after that point! She could have just kept the jar as a memento or whatever. What is up with that?

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old timers are just set in their ways. i chopped and narrowed a rolling walker for my mom so it would maneuver thru her doors and could be turned around in place more easily. shes going to break her ass someday using a wider walker that catches on every door frame but theres just so much you can do. self determination is so important that elder laws are designed around the subject. you can lead a horse to water but have ya ever tried to drown one? i know im talking in pointless circles. its what i do..
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I think every generation you go back you will find people that are more and more spend thrifty, and conservative. I am sixty-five and look at my son and daughter and laws money management and spending patterns as careless, not saving for the future. They take many vacations, live in a much better house than I ever have, and so on and so forth. However, my mother has indicated many times that she thinks I am less than careful money manager, and I indulge in things she never would allow for themselves. I thought my grandmother was the cheapest woman on earth. But I learned why, she lived through the great depression and when they were lucky to get enough food for 2 meals per day, and world wars when toilet paper was rationed. I guess what I am saying is that people who have lived through hard times that most of recent generations can't fathom really hold on to things they treasure and try to make them last a long as possible. Maybe your grandmother so treasured your gift to her because it was you who gave it to her, she didn't want to part with it. Even though that may not have been a rational decision, maybe you could look at it as an act of love for you, and possibly give her another jar of lotion that is possibly not the cheapest, but not as expensive either. Thank way if she does the same, you won't feel so bad. Just a suggestion.
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