As you might have guessed, names are very important in my family, perhaps especially to my mom.
So it will come as no surprise to you that she has put a lot of effort into figuring out what she wants her grandchildren to call her.
This may seem odd – don’t you just go by “Grandma”? Not in my family. In my family, my mom’s parents are “Grandma” and “Grandpa.” My dad’s parents are “Grannie” and “Grandad.”
This has always seemed like a far superior system to me because it is SO easy to always know exactly who you’re talking about. No “which Grandpa” inquiries necessary. This will probably be even more useful for our future children since Bart’s parents are both remarried, resulting in FOUR grandparents on that side, not to mention the fact that Bart still has five of his own living grandparents (all of whom, of course, go by “Grandma” and “Grandpa.”)
For years, my mom has tossed out suggestions about what she might go by when she’s a grandmother. With the birth of Merrick‘s baby (the first grandchild in my family) just days away, I’m guessing my mom has something in mind, although I don’t know yet what it is.
Are we weird? (Probably so. No need to answer that question).