One example is when they are shopping. They both like to push a cart. I chalk that one up to age because their balance is not great. But they are oblivious to other people in stores and take up the entire aisle, not moving aside for others who are shopping. When we were at Target, they walked SIDE BY SIDE pushing carts, moving at a snails pace, and holding up everyone else in the store. I finally had to tell Grandmother to MOVE because no one could get by her and she looked surprised - like she hadn't noticed there was anyone else there! (I don't speak enough farsi to have told Motherinlaw so Grandmother got it.)
Another thing they both do is interrupt. No matter who is talking or what is going on, they will interrupt if they have anything to say, regardless of if it is pertinent to the conversation or not. And everyone around them is expected to stop what they're talking about to listen to them. Now neither one of them is a big talker so this is really less frustrating than it sounds and we laugh about it. But it's curious how they both do it.
Many of their quirks are similar to little kids. Grandmother can ruin an entire evening for everyone there if she feels she has been slighted and Motherinlaw bursts into tears if she is feeling left out or lonely. Sound familiar to any parents out there? Maybe as we get older we just think Fuck everyone else, I'm gonna go back to thinking everything is all about me - I've earned it.
I wonder if my own parents will morph into some of these behaviors as they get older. My Mom has told me to whisper "grandmother" into her ear if she starts up and I suspect Stepmonster would cut my Dad's throat in his sleep should he ever try some of the shit that Grandmother and Motherinlaw do but it will be interesting to see if there is a magic age for obnoxiousness now that I am actively paying attention to it.
At least my life is not boring.