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Just Call Me “Zsa Zsa”

Just a “quickie” – something that’s been on my mind lately, and I wanted to find out what you all think. Grandmother. Grandma. Granny. These names used to be among the sweetest a child could say. Some others are Nana, Oma, Baba, MeeMaw, Momo, Bubbie…but now we have “Gigi” and “Mimi.” When did “Grandma” become a dirty word?

Not having children, I’ll never have to worry about what the little tyke will call me. My goddaughter calls me “Aunt Peach” which is fine, because I call her “Plum” (and “Prune” when she’s being a pain.)

Some names are ethnic in origin, like Nana or Oma…but recently I’ve heard some of the strangest names for Grandma…my dental hygienist has her granddaughter call her “Zsa Zsa” This made me laugh, but also I had to ask why? “I didn’t want to be Grandma and so many are using the Mimi name, so I took it a step further.” I couldn’t argue with her, nor would I, since she has the capability of making my cleaning uncomfortable, should she decide to do so.

Sarah Bernhardt, the legendary actress, had her granddaughter call her “Great.” Now, I don’t think many women could get away withΒ that, but is it any different than the granny whose granddaughter calls her “Gaga?” (All I could think of was that meat dress…)

I get it, to a point. Women don’t want to appear older, and many don’t look like they are old enough to have grandchildren…does that mean you shouldn’t embrace being a “Grand?” I can understand wincing at “Granny,” because my mind immediately goes to the Beverly Hillbillies. Personally, I would love to have some toddler screaming, “PEACH!” with joy when he saw me…

Let me know if you have a unique nickname as a grandparent or aunt/uncle….leave a comment!

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    Frank James

    My late sister, who went HOME just last year at 92, used to have her grands & great-grands refer to her as just “Gran”. I had no problem with that. However, now I’ve got a very related mini-rant. When my first grandson was born, both his maternal grandmother & I had been long divorced. Dat woemun browbeat my daughter into having the tadpole call his STEPgrandfather “Pop”, while I got relegated to Pop-Pop.

    They only got away with it because at the time, they lived 300 miles south of me, down the street from “Gammy”. Damn, but I HATE that goofy name!! Now, they live down the street from ME in my parents’ old family home, and for some reason, no one is on speaking terms with Gammy. Anyway, I HATE the P-P designator. My father went by “Pop”, not only to all his grandchildren, but due to our age difference, to me as well. Gammy stole Pop from my side of “The Family” because it was her second husband’s grandfather’s appellation.

    Well, that geezer has been dead longer than my own dear dad, so Fuck Him! Fuck Gammy’s 2nd Husband, but DON’T Fuck Gammy! At least, not anymore!! Dat woemun dun swelled UP like Oprah de Orca!! Gnome sane??? Me, neither!! Rant OVER.

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    Happy

    fiona belle!!! what a treat for me. a new article! how’ve you been? and frankie? i’m doing great. i became a godmother yesterday!! and i wore a hat to church!! LOL!!! πŸ˜²πŸ˜²πŸ˜²πŸ˜²πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ. when he’s old enough to talk he’ll probably call me tita belle (tita being auntie in my native tongue). grandmotherhood for me won’t be for a long long time, i think. so there’s that. i cannot wait for your Christmas stories, though. now i gotta go check out sparky if she’s got a new one. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ‘’πŸ‘’πŸ‘’πŸ‘’πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸŽπŸŽπŸŽπŸŽβ­β­β­β­β­β­β­πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸŒžπŸŒžπŸŒžπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸŒ€πŸŒ€πŸŒ€β˜•β˜•β˜•β­β­β­β­πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜Ž say hi to taylor and tanstaafl for me…forgot to say bye to them. i’ll be back soon!!

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