Tuesday, September 27, 2005

21st Century Grandparent

Of course I'm not old enough to be a grandparent. But my friends are. They are all old, old, old. Real old. Like Old Testament old. (Sometimes I like to live dangerously.)

Anyway. One of my best friends just became a step-grandmother. For the second time. This child's parents are insistent that the child will not be calling my friend simply by her first name - although that is how Rose would prefer it.

The newly parental step-child and wife are feeling giddly and inclusive and want Rose to be labelled appropriately. Of course this has caused some tensions with the other grandmothers on both sides of the family. I don't know why, but they seem somewhat intimidated by Rose, although she is quiet and retiring - almost demure. Just like me! (Snort!) Actually, Rose is intelligent, tough, opinionated, and blonde. She never lets anyone get the best of her and refuses to take any crap. But she is still a blonde, which is why we call her Rose.

The other "real" grandmothers have already chosen their names: Nana, Mee-maw, etc. Rose refuses to be called Granny, Grandma or any other such diminuative. And truthfully, those names don't fit. So, what to do?

Google it, of course! Who would've guessed that there is an entire webpage devoted to names for step-grandparents? She decided to go international and went with the Greek term for grandmother: Yaya.

Rose is definitely a yaya. And of all the grandmother names floating around - guess which name the baby will be able to say first? My money is on Yaya.

9 comments:

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

~rolling my eyes here~ so many freakin errors in this post!!

My money is on Yaya too!

SpookyRach said...

Just because you are old...

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

And you are tacky you lunchless wonder.

Lorna said...

ROFL

you two are impossibly funny.

It's difficult here in finland. My mum wanted to be Grandma (hardly used in England - go figure!) but it doesn't work in Finnish - so we called her Granny and she hates it.

MIL is Mummi (like moo-me) where as I am mummy (not mommy!) to my face, but my title in Finnish is äiti (eye - tee). I don't even want to think what they call me behind my back lol

daughter is very uncool about me becoming a pastor - mummy it's so embarrassing . sigh!

SpookyRach said...

Lorna - I guess you'll have to change your blog name to Reverend Mummy. (I think that is the only one not yet taken!)

I can just hear your daughter saying this! I bet she tosses her hair and tromps out of the room, too!

Quotidian Grace said...

"guess which name she'll say first"--that's how my grandmother got the name "Babu"!LOL

Christmas Lights in June, Texas said...

Why are you the lunchless wonder? Thats kinda funny! And how come I am not on your people, places, and things list? I am a people!

little david said...

Evidently you and Jonboy do not confer about blog topics, huh. I thought yours was better. Even with the mistakes. And I am not septuagenarian.

jonboy said...

M -- "confer about blog topics?" Are you kidding? We don't confer about anything. And what do you mean you thought hers was better? I don't think I'm going to be your friend anymore. That's one more "old" person I can scratch off my Christmas card list. I know, I don't actually send Christmas cards, but I do have a list.