Managing a grouch with grace


From Banana Moments

I’m 99% angel, but oh, that 1%, particularly my grouchiness… Grouchiness is in my nature as well as nurture, though luckily that grouchy nature got diluted a bit by sprinkles of humour by the time it got to me from my dear grandma.

My dear nannaΒ was not just a grouch, but a Super Grouchy Grouch. Being a bit of a perfectionist, she always puts a lot of effort into everything πŸ˜‰ . I do not blame her though – she did have a tough life. Still love my tough grouchy nanna. πŸ™‚


No matter how hard I am trying to tame grandma’s grouchy genes, every now and then they pop out, especially when I get under pressure. While I never learned to manage pressure without grouchiness, fortunately, my nearest and dearest learned to manage my grouchiness with grace.

If you have a grouch in your family, do not let his or her grouchiness to wind you up. Respond with a joke or simply give your family grouch a smile, a hug and/or a kiss. Though you might not see any warm response behind the grouchy surface, deep inside your grouch will be pleased. πŸ˜‰ That might be all your grouch needs to get over it. πŸ™‚

Also, keep your grouch well fed to prevent him or her from getting hAngry. πŸ˜‰

From Hanger Management

Or, may be, you are a grouch too? Then welcome to My Grouch Family. As the saying goes, “soft words butter no parsnips”. May be, our grouching will do πŸ˜‰


My Grouch Family

And here is one of my favourite grouches who made this world a better place for over a million of people:

Β Fred

Fred’s grouchy story is available on my blog.




29 thoughts on “Managing a grouch with grace

  1. bkpyett says:

    Gentle prompts for grouch calming

  2. Elouise says:

    Hangry grouches are no fun;
    I should know because I’m one.
    Feed me quick and I’ll become
    the nicest lady you’ve ever known!

  3. sweetyshinde says:

    cute. what a nice explanation for good old mood swings.

  4. viapina says:

    Love the story and the photos! Pina

  5. viapina says:

    Oh yes, and your blog! πŸ™‚

  6. Heresnews says:

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing and visiting my cyber space. πŸ™‚

  7. Tanmay Muthe says:

    Human emotions are beautiful.. and grouchiness is exquisite.. wonderfully written..:)

  8. skipmars says:

    I’m of the opinion that grouchiness is to be worn as a Medal of Honor for those of us who have reached a certain age. Beyond that age, allowances cover a myriad of what would be termed “unacceptable” in polite society. It is that a veneer that hides what is really teeming just below the surface of those acceptably behaving people is worn away by time, and is, at best, transparent it has become so thin.

    Thank you for dropping by my website. On the subject of grouchiness, you might check out my poem, Curmudgeoning.


  9. Anne says:

    I can so relate to feeding the ‘Grouch!’ This is one of the lessons I have learnt through living with my grouchy morning family.

    • Otrazhenie says:

      My children get very grouchy after school. As soon as they enter the house, I quickly feed them before they even get a chance to open their mouth for a grouch. It makes such a huge difference πŸ™‚

  10. LAMarcom says:

    I am gonna paraphrase here from a book I read while I was living and working in the Sinai Desert:
    “Keeping a grouch in your disposition is like keeping a dinosaur sleeping on your front lawn: If you keep waking him up and feeding him, one day he will step on your house.”

    Now, that is a poor paraphrase, but it may fit here.
    (or maybe not)

    At any rate…
    Loved the post. And the sentiment in it.
    Good job.
    Great photos too.

  11. loved it! thanks for sharing…I know I am 99% happy go lucky but boy oh boy when that 1% grouch hits, look out! hehe πŸ™‚

  12. B Harmony says:

    I love this, I think a little grouchiness is a nice balance. πŸ™‚

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