I never had much difficulty identifying my grandparents. I only had one grandfather. He lived in Southern California, so he was Grandpa. His wife, my motherâ€™s mother, is Grandma. My fatherâ€™s mother still lives in Italy; she is Nonna.
My mother recently decided she wasnâ€™t a fan of how â€œGrandma Janetâ€ sounded. So we begin round two of the name game.
When she was a tyke, children did not use adultsâ€™ first names. So it was Grandma and Grandpa Last Name. But when I offered to have the twins call my mom Grandma Cosaro, she did not waste a single portion of her next breath declining. Apparently that conjures an image of an elderly lady knitting a bonnet as she rocks in a chair on a porch. My mother does not knit. Nor does that description seem to fit the demeanor of the SoCal Assistant Superintendent.
I did a bit of research on what our options are regarding the typical names. The Internet tells me there is also a trend toward inventing something that sounds cooler than traditional names.
|Traditional Names||Modern Names||Translated Names|
|Big Mom||BeBe||Chinese: NaiNai|
|Grams||G-Mom||French Canadian: Meme|
|Ma or Maw||Mimi||Irish: MaimeÃ³|
Given my heritage, it seems a simple solution would be to call my mother Nonna and my dad Nonno. My dad may become Nonno Tavo, but we havenâ€™t polled him on his chosen name yet. (Heâ€™s still busy trying to convince us the twins will be Gustavo 1 and Gustavo 2.) Nonna has been vetoed due to the Strega Nonna correlation (see more about this in the future post on childrenâ€™s books Iâ€™ve promised).
What do your children call their grandparents? What did you call yours? Any preferences Meemaws?