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 with 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!