My grandmother died today. She went very peacefully with her children around her. It wasn't a surprise- she has been very ill for the last few weeks. She lived a nice long life(ninety years!), and she died without any of the dementia that plagues so many older people at the end of their lives. Margaret Cota was a loving woman, and I will miss her very much. I feel lucky to have had her in my life for thirty years. I love you Grammie.
For those of you that don't know, "Oh for fun" is a Midwestern expression that my mother uses frequently. It really catches the ear of non-Minnesotans mostly because it must be said with a glaring Minnesota accent and a huge smile. The "Fargo" style Minnesota accents run very deep in my family (and that's exactly how we like it thank you very much). My mother and her twin sister Kathleen are particularly fond of using "oh for fun". Usually, "oh for fun" is used after the telling of some sort of wholesome story.
KATE: "Last night after the concert we went for ice cream and it was really delicious."
LOIS: "Oh, for fun!".
My family is very liberal and pretty much always up for a good time. The best is when you can get one of them to use "oh for fun" to describe a scenario that is particularly un-Minnesotan.
LOIS: "What did you and Aaron do last night?"
KATE: "We went out to The Starlight and we met this guy who kept buying us drink after drink and it was really strange because we honestly couldn't tell which one of us he was hitting on. You know how the "straight" guys love Aaron. So in order to figure it out we devised a plan that involved making out with each other and observing the reaction of the guy buying drinks. But when we tried to execute the plan we started laughing so hard that Aaron farted really loudly, which caused us to laugh even louder and then the manager asked us to leave. We weren't even that drunk, we just were laughing really hard. But that's cool because after left the bar we went to the McDonald's drivethru and ate our body weight in McNuggets. So all in all, it was a pretty good night."
Now imagine two middle aged Minnesota ladies (Lois and her twin Kathleen) listening to that story and laughing. One of them is sure to say "Oh for FUN!" If it is a really good story there might even be a hand clap and a gasp for emphasis.
My sister happened to be on the phone with my mother when she opened the email from me that links to this site. My mother had not checked her email that day so she was unaware of the existence of my newborn blog. Ellie said, "Hey Mom, check your email, it looks like Kate has a new blog- and it's called Oh For Fun!"