What's in a Name? Grandparent Nomenclature
How do you name a grandparent? Do you pass on the name that you called your grandparents? Or is that too confusing? I mean, if you called your father's mother "Momsie" (as I did), you can't really have your kids calling your mother "Momsie" because that's just going to be confusing. Which Momsie are we talking about anyway?
But maybe when my kids have kids, they can call My Lovely Wife "Momsie." No, still too confusing. Maybe just "Grandma Ruth."
I'm thinking about this because we're celebrating my father's 70th birthday this weekend. His birthday was actually last month but he and his wife were sailing down in the Caribbean at the time. (He's a pretty active 70-year-old.) His grandkids call him "Pop Pop."
That's actually his second grandparent name. When my older daughter was born, and before she could talk, we called him "Colonel Gramps." It sounds like a character from a board game or a children's book, doesn't it? But he couldn't just be "Grandpa," since there was another grandfather. As he'd been in the Air Force, and still had that military bearing, "Colonel Gramps" seemed like a good idea.
But the first grandchild had ideas of her own. She refused to call him "Colonel Gramps" and dubbed him "Pop Pop" instead. As they came along, all the other grandchildren -- 10 in all now -- had to follow suit. They couldn't each have a different name for the man. Of course, what happens next is that the grown-ups start using the name. The man I called "Dad" for the first 30 years of my life is now "Pop Pop."
How about in your family? Are there traditional names passed down through the generations? Or do you just keep it simple, adding a "Grandma" or "Grandpa" to a parent's first name? And if you're a grandparent, do you get to pick your own name?
Join me at noon today as we discuss this -- and anything else that's on your mind -- during my online discussion.
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