There's a subreddit called r/AdorableOldPeople and as you might guess, it shares screenshots and pictures of old people making the world a better place.

First of all, we are not huge fans of the name. As philosophy teacher Randall Horton pointed out in Huff Post, even people in their 50s like to think they are in their "young 50s" or that they look good "for their age." As they get older, they become "a little more patient, more accepting, less doctrinaire, and, yes, sadder and wiser." However, they do not think they become more adorable, precious, charming, or sweet. Attributing these words to older folks can send the wrong message. They might think we're infantilizing them. So we won't.

But the content of the subreddit is awesome. Whether we're talking about teens or seniors, people can be jerks, so it's always appropriate to celebrate the ones that aren't. Continue scrolling and you will find a hand-picked collection of the most popular posts on the sub.

#1

So Cute

So Cute

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YoyoSthlm
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4 months ago

Ok, now I'm crying on the bus

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She Said "I Haven't Been Carried Like This Since My Wedding Day"

She Said "I Haven't Been Carried Like This Since My Wedding Day"

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Michelle M
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4 months ago

*Pops out a wedding ring*

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Some call the issue Horton highlights as "elderspeak," which, according to her, is characterized by treating older people more as children than as fully functioning adults. In fact, she feels this demeaning language is often inappropriate for children as well. Horton said elderspeak is a problem in health care settings too.

"For some reason, when people talk to older patients, they tend to slow their speech, raise the volume, and sing their sentences," she explained. "In addition, every statement seems to become a question and second person pronouns are replaced with first-person plural pronouns ( e.g., 'you' becomes 'we') ... At a time when nursing home workers are sharing explicit photos and videos of older adults on social media, complaining about 'sweetheart' seems almost quaint, but both the diminutive terms and the more extreme demeaning media rob patients of their dignity and personhood."

#3

Grandfather With Vitiligo Crochets Dolls To Make Children With This Condition Feel Better

Grandfather With Vitiligo Crochets Dolls To Make Children With This Condition Feel Better

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Rachel Peterson
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4 months ago

This one should be at the top of the list 💕

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#4

Relationship Goals

Relationship Goals

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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4 months ago

I cannot be the only one who desperately wants to have that recipe!

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It's clear that the subreddit and its members mean well, but Horton said people seem to think they are honoring seniors by treating them as mascots. "Many videos on social media feature adults who are 'adorable' or 'precious' dancing, singing, or doing other activities they have no doubt done for their entire lives. The videos are presented with the exact same attitude behind videos of kittens, puppies, and babies."

"Videos of the elderly seem to take the same attitude: It is amazing that older people might still do the things they love. If they make the attempt to engage in the activities that make them happy, they are 'so cute.'"

#5

This Is So Cute. Selfie Stick Review

This Is So Cute. Selfie Stick Review

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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4 months ago

Priceless!

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#6

Cosplay Isn't Just For The Young

Cosplay Isn't Just For The Young

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Michelle M
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4 months ago

Granny! She should cosplay as Nanny Mcphee next.

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Treating old adults like this can lead to serious consequences. For instance, when health care providers infantilize old adults, they can overlook the sexual health of these patients. As this article states, “prevailing misconceptions among health care providers regarding a lack of sexual activity in older adults contribute to making elders an extremely vulnerable population."

The result of this ignorance is that STD rates among the elderly are increasing at an alarming rate; even though about 80 percent of adults aged 50 to 90 years old are sexually active, they are infrequently screened for STDs.

But Horton is more concerned about what she calls "the basic harm."

"As we age we lose the respect of our fellow beings and we lose our status as persons," she said.

#7

Obama Told This 90-Year Old Veteran He Didn't Have To Stand. He Said, "No Sir, You're The President"

Obama Told This 90-Year Old Veteran He Didn't Have To Stand. He Said, "No Sir, You're The President"

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Watching
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4 months ago

Be still my heart.

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#8

My Professor Is 74 And He Isn’t Confident Using Zoom So He’s Prerecorded The Rest Of Our Classes. Today, I Watched The First One. He Has A Pinocchio Doll In The Front Row Because He Isn’t Comfortable Teaching To An Empty Room. I’m Social Distancing For This Man And This Man Only

My Professor Is 74 And He Isn’t Confident Using Zoom So He’s Prerecorded The Rest Of Our Classes. Today, I Watched The First One. He Has A Pinocchio Doll In The Front Row Because He Isn’t Comfortable Teaching To An Empty Room. I’m Social Distancing For This Man And This Man Only

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Michelle M
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4 months ago

He's doing his best. I would buy him a gift

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According to her, old people are still rational and intelligent. "I realize we all suffer some cognitive decline as we age and some are affected by diseases that accelerate or accentuate that decline, but young people also suffer brain injury, disease, and other limitations on cognitive ability. Age is not a sufficient reason to believe someone is stupid."

Her text really makes sense. And we are not trying to belittle anyone. "Adorable old people” is obviously better than mean-spirited, dismissive remarks about aging, but it may not be the best description of these pictures. But as mentioned in the intro, we look at these individuals as simply good human beings.

#9

Maureen The Legend

Maureen The Legend

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Watching
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4 months ago

They just extended that sweet ladies life. !!!!

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#10

This Is My 96 Year Old Grandma, Willie. She Survived The Great Depression, Being Hit By A Fire Truck And Being In A Coma, And Losing Her Husband At A Young Age. Now She Drinks Liquor And Smokes Cigars, Still Lives Alone And Hits On Younger Men. I Love Her With Everything I’ve Got

This Is My 96 Year Old Grandma, Willie. She Survived The Great Depression, Being Hit By A Fire Truck And Being In A Coma, And Losing Her Husband At A Young Age. Now She Drinks Liquor And Smokes Cigars, Still Lives Alone And Hits On Younger Men. I Love Her With Everything I’ve Got

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AnnaBanana
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4 months ago

96!!! She looks amazing! Millie is my new hero.

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#11

My Parents Sent Me This From Their Retirement Community Today

My Parents Sent Me This From Their Retirement Community Today

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Tracy Wallick
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4 months ago

They seem fun

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#12

This Couple Re-Creating Their Marriage Photo 70 Years Later

This Couple Re-Creating Their Marriage Photo 70 Years Later

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Michelle M
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4 months ago

70 years! That's a lifetime together. Wholesome

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#13

I Lost My Dad At Walmart And Ended Up Finding Him In The Garden Section Watering Plants

I Lost My Dad At Walmart And Ended Up Finding Him In The Garden Section Watering Plants

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Michelle M
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4 months ago

That's why he's a dad

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#14

The Fact That He Still Carries The Pic Around Is So Precious

The Fact That He Still Carries The Pic Around Is So Precious

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• Lemønchu •
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4 months ago

Awesome memory he has 🤯

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#15

My Grandpa’s 88th Birthday Was A Few Weeks Ago. My Sister Got Him A Coloring Book And Crayons. He Says He’s Never Colored Before, But He Seems To Enjoy It. He Shows All His Visitors The Pages He’s Finished. He’s Colorblind, So Some Of The Puppies Are Pink, But He’s So Happy. He Melts My Heart

My Grandpa’s 88th Birthday Was A Few Weeks Ago. My Sister Got Him A Coloring Book And Crayons. He Says He’s Never Colored Before, But He Seems To Enjoy It. He Shows All His Visitors The Pages He’s Finished. He’s Colorblind, So Some Of The Puppies Are Pink, But He’s So Happy. He Melts My Heart

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Sara Marie
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4 months ago

Super sweet. Melts my heart a bit!! Keep that book forever!!

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#16

My Neighbor Almost Had My Mom Worried For His Safety

My Neighbor Almost Had My Mom Worried For His Safety

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Michelle M
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4 months ago

Good one 😅😅

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#17

Oh The Smiles!

Oh The Smiles!

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Diemond Star
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4 months ago

I love this!

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#18

Made Me Smile

Made Me Smile

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Princess Toadstool
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4 months ago

For anyone curious, this guy is now at 5 million subscribers

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#19

I Live Abroad. My Grandparents Called Me To Urgently Check The Security Web Cams Of My House Back Home. Turns Out They Called So I Could See Them Standing With A Heart And Waving At Me

I Live Abroad. My Grandparents Called Me To Urgently Check The Security Web Cams Of My House Back Home. Turns Out They Called So I Could See Them Standing With A Heart And Waving At Me

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Marki Munyati
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4 months ago

Grandparents are the best!

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#20

Dad Went Out In The Snow To Feed The Birds, And Made A New Friend! It's Official, He's A Disney Princess Now

Dad Went Out In The Snow To Feed The Birds, And Made A New Friend! It's Official, He's A Disney Princess Now

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Michelle M
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4 months ago

Give the man a wig, a dress and some background music.

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#21

An Old Man Taking Pictures Of His Wife Without Her Realising

An Old Man Taking Pictures Of His Wife Without Her Realising

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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4 months ago

The BEST reason for a smart phone with a good camera. Taking pictures of those you love.

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#22

A 76 Yr Old Retired Air Force Colonel Is No Match For His 4 Year Old Granddaughter

A 76 Yr Old Retired Air Force Colonel Is No Match For His 4 Year Old Granddaughter

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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4 months ago

I don't care how tough you are - if a toddler says you're a princess then you are a princess!

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#23

Milly Girl. I Love Ya

Milly Girl. I Love Ya

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the Me_greatest
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4 months ago

WELCOME

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#24

Grandpa Brings Dog To Furniture Store To Make Sure She Likes Chair Too

Grandpa Brings Dog To Furniture Store To Make Sure She Likes Chair Too

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Michelle M
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4 months ago

If doggo does not want it, we don't want it

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#25

She Picked A Good Name Anyways

She Picked A Good Name Anyways

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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4 months ago

It's short for Kate. ;)

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#26

My Dad Thought He Was Taking A Picture Of My Kids And Accidentally Had It On Front Facing. It Fills Me With Joy That This Is What His Face Looks Like When He’s Watching My Kids. He’s A Great Dad

My Dad Thought He Was Taking A Picture Of My Kids And Accidentally Had It On Front Facing. It Fills Me With Joy That This Is What His Face Looks Like When He’s Watching My Kids. He’s A Great Dad

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kristy sickles
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4 months ago

Awwwwww🥰🥰🥰🥰

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#27

My 97-Year-Old Grandma Doesn’t Use Computers, But I Found A Meme Years Ago That I Thought She’d Like So I Sent It In The Mail. Turns Out She’s Kept It At Her Bedside Ever Since

My 97-Year-Old Grandma Doesn’t Use Computers, But I Found A Meme Years Ago That I Thought She’d Like So I Sent It In The Mail. Turns Out She’s Kept It At Her Bedside Ever Since

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Ms.M.
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4 months ago

Grandma has a Panda! :D

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#28

They Dated In Their Teens, Married Different People, And Got Back Together 65 Years Later. My Grandma And Her Boyfriend

They Dated In Their Teens, Married Different People, And Got Back Together 65 Years Later. My Grandma And Her Boyfriend

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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4 months ago

Awww, good for them!

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#29

When You Can’t March In Protest, You Scoot In Protest

When You Can’t March In Protest, You Scoot In Protest

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HoneyBun Arts
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4 months ago

Louder for the people in the back.

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#30

My Grandpa Mac, 92 Years Old, Just Got New Security Cameras Around His House. He Has My Cousin, Aaron, And I On The Online Login (He’s Not Too Computer Savvy) So We Can See What’s Going On. He Sends Us Random Messages Through The Cameras

My Grandpa Mac, 92 Years Old, Just Got New Security Cameras Around His House. He Has My Cousin, Aaron, And I On The Online Login (He’s Not Too Computer Savvy) So We Can See What’s Going On. He Sends Us Random Messages Through The Cameras

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Watching
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4 months ago

I had a Grandpa Mac. Love him fiercely.

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#31

Aww Good Husband

Aww Good Husband

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BIG FOOT
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4 months ago

I've seen this guy on tv! Me and my family were watching and we see him like every cub game on tv!

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#32

Doris Absolutely Destroyed Me In Words With Friends

Doris Absolutely Destroyed Me In Words With Friends

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Michelle M
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4 months ago

Delightful Doris

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#33

My Mom Died Of Covid June 8th. I Found This Her Writing On The Back Page Of This Blank Book I Gave Her Years Ago

My Mom Died Of Covid June 8th. I Found This Her Writing On The Back Page Of This Blank Book I Gave Her Years Ago

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Sara Marie
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4 months ago

Too early to cry... but okay with it

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#34

My Mom Is Almost In Her 60’s And Started Her Weight Loss Journey Around This Time Last Year! 85 Pounds Down!! It’s Never Too Late To Change Your Life!

My Mom Is Almost In Her 60’s And Started Her Weight Loss Journey Around This Time Last Year! 85 Pounds Down!! It’s Never Too Late To Change Your Life!

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Apachebathmat
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4 months ago

Wow! Go Mom! You look amazing 🤩

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#35

Happy Pride Month, Everyone!

Happy Pride Month, Everyone!

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the Me_greatest
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4 months ago

Happy pride y’all

Tamra Stiffler
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4 months ago

We need more of that kind of love in this world. Look at her beautiful face. You can't help but smile too!

InfectedVoice
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4 months ago

When my cousin came out my old Italian nan, no joke, got him a copy of Moulin Rouge, a book about gardening and some ladies shower gel, it's all she could find in B&M that he might like apparently, she was so clueless about what gay dudes wanted it was extremely sweet and hilarious.

L.j. Bus
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4 months ago

Aww that is a sweet story, thanks for sharing!

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Phica Afton
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4 months ago

Wish my grandfather was this accepting :)

Don't_Lose_Ur_Head
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4 months ago

My maternal grandparents are. We can share them if you want.

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Mazer
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4 months ago

Mad skilz, big compassionate heart. A keeper

Gay_Forg
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4 months ago

🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

Carolyn Legg
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4 months ago

Love understands

Bella Beal
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4 months ago

As a fellow bisexual I love this

Connie Ostlund
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4 months ago

YOu have a cool grandma!

backatya
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4 months ago

she should have made it say You damn queer lol

L.j. Bus
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4 months ago

Not everyone appreciates that kind of humor. I think, if I would have come out, I’d love the sentiment for any day wear but the “you damn queer” would definitely be homewear only 😂 But since some might take offence, maybe this was a safer bet lol

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Srene
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4 months ago

Wear it with pride.

Lyra Sis
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4 months ago

I would wear that sweater with pride if I were you.

Lorraine McNeair
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4 months ago

Great grandma with great understanding.

Lisa Samuelson
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4 months ago

I hope they wear it!!

N1mn
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4 months ago

In my experience it is often underestimated how open-minded "old" people are . Ofc not all of them, but they re curious.

Carolyn Boyd
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4 months ago

Such a wonderful Grandmother.

righttoopinion
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4 months ago

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Not this picture again. How many times will they bring this picture out?

Don't_Lose_Ur_Head
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4 months ago

Hopefully forever.

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Rickster
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Yuck

Phica Afton
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4 months ago

Why is it yucky?

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#36

Did A Christmas Scavenger Hunt. This Is What My Grandpa Sent For 3 Wise Men

Did A Christmas Scavenger Hunt. This Is What My Grandpa Sent For 3 Wise Men

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BIG FOOT
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4 months ago

Genius!!

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#37

My Grandad Being All Giggly When He Was Chatting About His Childhood And All The Mischief He Got Up To Behind His Mothers Back!!!

My Grandad Being All Giggly When He Was Chatting About His Childhood And All The Mischief He Got Up To Behind His Mothers Back!!!

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Apachebathmat
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4 months ago

That smile!

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#38

My Mom Got To Visit Snow White - Her Favorite Princess Since She Was A Little Girl. My Mom Retired Friday And This Was Her First Trip To Disney Ever

My Mom Got To Visit Snow White - Her Favorite Princess Since She Was A Little Girl. My Mom Retired Friday And This Was Her First Trip To Disney Ever

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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4 months ago

The look of a life-long dream coming true.

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#39

Grandpa Humor Is My All-Time Favourite

Grandpa Humor Is My All-Time Favourite

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Natalie Bohrteller
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4 months ago (edited)

We sure need a grandpa jokes article!

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#40

Bob The Wise

Bob The Wise

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Michelle M
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4 months ago (edited)

Sound advice. I'll insert myself as the someone. No one can love you better than yourself

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#41

I Love My Grandpa So Much

I Love My Grandpa So Much

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Harry Potter
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4 months ago

very wholesome

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#42

Grandma With The Drip

Grandma With The Drip

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Mal
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4 months ago

This is just a picture of a chair.

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#43

My Grandmas 94 Last Week. She Has Dementia And Is Bed Ridden But She Still Has Her Good Spirits. She Loves This Teddy Bear My Cousin Gave Her. So If Me And My Mom Are Feeding Her And She Starts To Fiddle, She Holds Onto It. Love Her So Much

My Grandmas 94 Last Week. She Has Dementia And Is Bed Ridden But She Still Has Her Good Spirits. She Loves This Teddy Bear My Cousin Gave Her. So If Me And My Mom Are Feeding Her And She Starts To Fiddle, She Holds Onto It. Love Her So Much

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You'renotthebossame
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4 months ago

Beautiful lady❤️

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#44

Awww

Awww

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Isabella
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4 months ago

i love it!

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#45

My 92 Year Old Grandpa Holding My Parrot For The First Time. He Insisted That I Take A Photo Of Him So He Could Print It Out To Show His Friends

My 92 Year Old Grandpa Holding My Parrot For The First Time. He Insisted That I Take A Photo Of Him So He Could Print It Out To Show His Friends

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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4 months ago

He just channeled his inner pirate!

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#46

My Nana Is Bored So She’s Keeping Me Fresh During The Quarantine

My Nana Is Bored So She’s Keeping Me Fresh During The Quarantine

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Tamra Stiffler
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4 months ago

Nana's got some skills!

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#47

Sent A Picture Of A Final Fantasy 7 Character To My Mum Thinking She Looked Like Her, She Recreated The Look And Pretty Much Nailed It

Sent A Picture Of A Final Fantasy 7 Character To My Mum Thinking She Looked Like Her, She Recreated The Look And Pretty Much Nailed It

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Jane Doe
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4 months ago

Honestly did not get that these were two different things!

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#48

This Is My 85 Year Old Physics Teacher, Him And His Wife Just Had A Light Saber Fight

This Is My 85 Year Old Physics Teacher, Him And His Wife Just Had A Light Saber Fight

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aaaaaa
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4 months ago

Use the Force, Luke. F = m a

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#49

My Grandpa Has Alzheimer’s And Can’t Always Remember His Grandkids Names, So We Custom Made A Shirt That Has All Our Names And It’s His New Favourite Shirt

My Grandpa Has Alzheimer’s And Can’t Always Remember His Grandkids Names, So We Custom Made A Shirt That Has All Our Names And It’s His New Favourite Shirt

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Robert T
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4 months ago

Slighty worried that Dawn and Rick appear to be spiders. :O

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#50

This Is A Selfie My Dad Sent Me

This Is A Selfie My Dad Sent Me

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That Bored Panda
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4 months ago

Awww!

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