Narrator: Besides having fun at practice, Laurie
enjoyed her free time during Christmas vacation. She found herself
spending most of it with Li. Li was determined to become a good
player and was eager to learn from Laurie. And beyond that, the
girls found it easy to talk to each other. Laurie was beginning
to feel as comfortable with Li as she had with Christy. But one
thing still bothered Laurie: Grandma. It seemed to Laurie as if
Grandma watched every move she made and pounced on the chance
to correct her.
Grandma: Sit like a lady, dear
Narrator: she would say when she saw Laurie
slouched on the couch, watching TV. Laurie couldn't understand
why the other kids seemed to like Grandma so much better than
she did. Since the field trip to Madison Square Garden, Jesse
and Maggie had begun stopping by the house. One afternoon when
Laurie came home from shopping with Li, Jesse was there, dropping
off some muffins she had baked using one of Grandma's recipes.
Another day Laurie found her grandmother giving Maggie a knitting
When Laurie saw Maggie later at practice, she asked her about
her relationship with Grandma.
Laurie: What did you and my grandmother talk
about all the way to New York City and back?
Narrator: Laurie began. Maggie smiled.
Maggie: She ask me about Croatia. I tell her
about my grandmother and how I miss her.
Laurie: Did she try to boss you around?
Narrator: Laurie asked.
Maggie: A little. She tell me to stand tall,
be proud. That's what grandmas are supposed to do.
Narrator: Maggie said. Laurie thought about
what Maggie had said as she walked home with Howard. She asked
for his opinion on Grandma.
Howard: Your grandmother is a cool lady.
Narrator: Howard answered.
Laurie: That's easy for you to say.
Narrator: Laurie countered.
Laurie: She doesn't try to dress you like a
Narrator: Howard was quiet for a moment. Then
Howard: I don't see her doing that to you either.
When was the last time she bugged you about your clothes?
Narrator: Laurie started to snap an answer,
then realized that she couldn't remember exactly when the last
Laurie: She still thinks about it. I can tell
by the way she looks at me.
Narrator: Laurie mustered.
Laurie: Besides, she was kind of rude to your
parents, asking them why they work so much.
Howard: My folks didn't care. They know not
everyone has the same approach to parenting that they do. This
works for us, so why worry if someone else doesn't like it?
Narrator: Laurie got even less support from
Li when she called her that night.
Li: My family is Chinese.
Narrator: Li said.
Li: We believe that the older a person is, the
wiser he or she becomes. Think of all the years your grandmother
has experienced. Why shouldn't she give advice?
Narrator: Laurie began to think that maybe the
problem wasn't just Grandma. Maybe she was to blame for their
strained relationship, too.