In the service, there is a saying shared between supervisors:
“My wife she, my kid he, my dog it.”
It is a generic terms used to explain what is probably a BS excuse for a subordinate who is not going to be at work today. For example:
NCO #1: “I need Private Jones to help me clean the bathroom.”
NCO #2: “Ah, good old reliable Private Jones, he called last night. Guess what? My wife she, my kid he, my dog it.”
NCO #1: “Surprise, surprise.”
I have experienced this conversation many, many times in both the military and the private sector. I have not witnessed the extension to grandmothers in critical times however. This is a new one to me.
Call me a skeptic.