By now, I’m sure more than half of the people affiliated with MNU know who Granny Franny is–I mean, seriously, how could you not?
The Hiawatha, Kansan native spoke with me last Thursday afternoon. It was Halloween, she had just completed two test, and she was excited to show me pictures of the creepy mask she had on earlier.
I laughed at the photos–this woman was stinking adorable; no wonder she was so popular, she was an easy person to love. However, This wasn’t the first time that Franny and I had conversed; we were actually quite friendly toward each other, and I was dying to know how her trip to the Queen Latifah Show went.
Granny Franny sat back in the booth she was in, crossed her arms, and tugged at a single strand of her fleece, white hair. “Oh, Britney,” She went on, “Who would have thunk it?” She said, and continued to say every time I reminded her of her sudden fame. “You know, the other day I googled my name and 140 links appeared.” She said that ‘Granny Franny Homecoming Queen’ had gone viral. She didn’t know why it was such a story, but from then, she began receiving calls upon calls, upon calls, and it didn’t take long before the producer of The Queen Latifah show called.
Granny smacked her lips and nodded her head. “It was a long phone interview.” She stated, referring back to the conversation she had with Queen Latifah’s producer. After turning down an opportunity to be on Inside Edition, she agreed to fly to LA to be a part of the Queen Latifah Show.
“I didn’t know what I was in for.” She continued. Then she leaned in to whisper, “Britney, I didn’t know how to pronounce that woman’s name at all. Before that day, I had never even heard of The Queen.”
I laughed hysterically, and began to name a few movies that I had seen with The Queen in it. Then I went on to ask her how she felt; I wanted to know: was she nervous being interviewed by someone so well-known in the entertainment industry?
Frances smiled. “I wasn’t nervous at all. Queeny made it easy to talk to–she was a lot like you.” I bit down on my lip. Ha! Did Granny Franny just compare me to Queen Latifah? What the heeyy?
She leaned in again. “I really enjoyed my time in Los Angeles on the show.” This actually wasn’t the first time that Frances had traveled this year. Earlier she had gone to Australia to attend an WCTU–woman’s christian temperaments union–convention, and also to Sacremento to attend another national WCTU convention. Franny is really involved in her community and her church. She likes to keep busy; she said it’s easier that way.
As Granny Franny and I began to wrap up our conversation, she went on to tell me that she will not be returning next semester. When I heard the news, my heart dried up and began to crumple into a million tiny pieces. I didn’t want her to leave, she had just got here; and honestly, she reminded me a lot of a grandmother that I would want to have. She told me not to worry, though, and that her time here has been an eventful one. She also gave me one of her home-made cards, and wrapped me tightly in her arms, suffocating me into a warm, blissful hug.
If there was one thing I learned about Granny Franny, It would be to take more risks. There are a handful of people who reminisce on their lives and wish that they had taken more risks, and had gone on more adventures. I surely hope to be a lot like Granny Franny when I reach her age. She is such a marvelous woman to speak to, and a blessing to our MNU community.
Until Next Time