Breakfast Talk with Nanny – Family Time

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated by McDonald’s to write this post about our Breakfast Talk with Nanny. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’ve mentioned before that I haven’t had a grandparent since I was 11-years-old. My paternal grandfather died when I was a baby. My maternal grandparents lived in Panama. I only saw them every few years for a short time in the summers when we went to visit my mom’s family. When I was in elementary school, both of my maternal grandparents and my paternal grandma died. Looking back, I feel like I really only knew my maternal grandma as she lived in the same town as me. But I certainly wish I could have known her for longer.

Breakfast Talk with Nanny - Grandmothers - Family Time - The Gifted Gabber

When the Hubs and I started dating, I felt immediately close to Nanny. She is an open book. What you see is what you get. I loved going to her cozy house for her big southern style meals. Nanny knows how to throw it down with the southern meals.

But she also knows that it isn’t practical to put on a big spread every day. Her favorite morning breakfast stop is McDonald’s. And it is one of mine, also.

A few weeks ago, the Hubs, the girls, and I took Nanny out for breakfast when we were visiting the Hubs’ family in his hometown. I really looked forward to this breakfast talk with Nanny. 

Breakfast Talk with Nanny - Grandmothers - Family Time - The Gifted Gabber

Nanny is full of wise words and I had some specific things I wanted to ask her about. McDonald’s is the perfect place for breakfast talk with Nanny as the girls stayed busy playing while we were able to talk.

Breakfast Talk with Nanny - Grandmothers - Family Time - The Gifted Gabber

Breakfast Talk with Nanny - Grandmothers - Family Time - The Gifted Gabber


Nanny married when she was just 16-years-old and her oldest child (my mother-in-law) was born when Nanny was 18-years-old. Her husband, Bob, died at a relatively young age, leaving her with four children to raise on her own. Her children ranged in ages of 14-years-old down to four-months-old. No doubt, this sweet lady saw some tough times.

But she still has good times to look back upon.

When asked what was her biggest adventure, she recalled the time she and her husband took the kids on a family vacation to St. Louis. They visited the St. Louis Zoo and attended a Cardinals game.

“It was the first time for me to really go anywhere. We had a big time. We all wore the same colored shirt in case one of the kids got lost.”

Now, Nanny has become quite the traveling diva, always hitting the road or the air for an adventure with friends or family.

“I’ve done so many things in my life I never thought I’d do – like cruises…about a dozen or so of those now. For my 80th birthday, my brother organized that big birthday party for me at the steak place on the river. That was a really exciting night for me.”

“I was so proud of my first baby, Jamie. We were all so proud of her – my parents and everybody. I’ve been fortunate with good kids.”

She stopped to nibble her Sausage Egg McMuffin.

“Another exciting time in my life was when my first grandchild was born. He was really exciting for all of us. We all had him rotten.”

(The grandchild she spoke of is my husband. And she should have used the present tense as they still have that guy rotten to this day, if you ask me!)  

“I have four kids, six grandkids and seven great grandkids. I’ve been blessed.”

Asked what was the key to happiness, she sipped her coffee and thought for a minute.

“When I picture happiness, I think of you and Jason. Y’all are so happy with your children. And what both of you want, you discuss it with the other. Y’all really know how to communicate and respect each other. I’m so proud of both of you.”

Aww! I was blinking away tears at that point in my breakfast talk with Nanny!

Trying to escape the mushiness of the moment, I switched gears, asking her what she thinks are the biggest problems in the world today.

“Oh, well, my gosh, there is so much. Drugs and killings. It’s getting awful.”

Around this time in our talk, an employee came around and offered us a Strawberry-Banana Smoothie on the house. It was so tasty!

Breakfast Talk with Nanny - Grandmothers - Family Time - The Gifted Gabber

Breakfast Talk with Nanny - Grandmothers - Family Time - The Gifted Gabber


Afterward, Nanny told me about how she and her sister-in-law get breakfast at McDonald’s nearly every day.

“You know, Nita and I come here just about every morning. I’m 85 and she’s 81, and we don’t miss a day unless we’re sick. Last week, when I wasn’t feeling well, Nita came through the drive through by herself a couple times. The girl at the window asked her where her buddy was. They know us well at McDonald’s!”

“The breakfast menu is the best deal. I like the food. Of course, I love to eat breakfast. I order the same thing every day – a Sausage Egg McMuffin, a coffee with one cream and three sweeteners, and a Sweet Tea to go. I think they have the best tea here.”

The best part is you can get any size Sweet Tea for just $1!

Nanny and I are both breakfast sandwich girls at McDonald’s, though I tend to go for the Sausage Biscuit.

Breakfast Talk with Nanny - Grandmothers - Family Time - The Gifted Gabber

Breakfast Talk with Nanny - Grandmothers - Family Time - The Gifted Gabber

McDonald’s of Central Arkansas is offering a breakfast deal right now on Egg McMuffins and Egg White Delights. Get two of these breakfast sandwiches for just $3!

Breakfast Talk with Nanny - Grandmothers - Family Time - The Gifted Gabber
In hindsight, I regret not asking Nanny about her other happy place – the local casino! I wish you all could see Nanny and her friends, all in their 80s, with their frequent ladies night out visits to the casino. I hope I’m half as spunky as they are when I’m that age! They are truly The Golden Girls!

And there you have it, folks! Thoughts on life, travels, world problems and McDonald’s from an 85-year-old sweet tea drinkin’ and slot machine playin’ southern belle!  

I’m so happy to have this sweet lady as an adopted grandmother! I couldn’t imagine a better Nanny for me! And we must make breakfast talk with Nanny a regular date on the calendar!  



  1. Devon says:

    Such a great and heartfelt post. I have lived so far away from my grandparents since I got married 13 years ago. I can’t wait to go home to visit.

  2. Adrianne Smith says:

    What a wonderful post! My grandmothers are gone, but I still carry some wonderful memories. Such a special relationship grandparents and grandchildren share. And isn’t McDonald’s just a magical little place for everyone? 🙂

  3. Kristen says:

    This is such a great story. I am really close to my husband’s grandma since I no longer have one. It is so nice to form that bond!

  4. Afra Said says:

    Love breakfast dates with the grandma or grandpa! They are so much fun and its even nicer when they have lovely stories to share. My kids sadly don’t have my mom and dad close (24 hour flight away) but my husbands parents are around but we don’t get to see them much but when we do the kids have a ball! We should make breakfast a staple outing too 🙂

  5. Jenny Robertson says:

    Cherish the moments!!! Once they are gone you can never have them back… slow down and visit as often as you can for life is gone in a blink of an eye. Sickness can strike from nowhere and here today gone tomorrow is a true statement!!! Glad you have a Nanny to spend some time with… Great pics and story!?

  6. Tiffany Hathorn says:

    This is a great story! I love that they have this morning tradition. I also think it is so beautiful that you take advantage of being able to talk to her and learn more about her life and thoughts. Not everyone realizes how important that is.

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