Growing up, we all had a name for our grandparents. In my family, it was Oma and Opa, Grandma and Grandpa.
Things were pretty cut and dry — us kids could easily pronounce the names, and our grandparents wore their new titles with pride.
As we age, however, we begin to realize that not all grandparent names come easily. Some expectant grandparents have an affinity for one name over another — and some names cause us to cringe.
So, how did you go about selecting the name that your grandkids would call you? Was there any awkward competition between other grandparents in the mix?
This hilarious skit tells the story of one happy expectant grandma, who is ready to select her new name. Wearing joy on her face at first, the grandmother quickly finds herself in turmoil over the vast array of choices that all mean the same thing.
At each name suggestion, the grandmother conjured up an image of what her her life would look like under that particular name. And to this grandmother, most names were cringe-worthy.
Perhaps she should go with “Granny.” But no, that didn’t seem right for her.
“Memaw” is another popular choice, but the name didn’t resonate with this particular grandma. Maybe she needed something that sounded a little younger.
Mimi? Gigi? G-ma?
And as another grandmother pointed out at the end of the skit, the grandparent may have to settle for a name that was never on the radar to begin with. For this grandma, her new name is LaLa, because, well, that’s what her grandchild calls her.
But whatever your grandchildren call you, and however the name came about, it’s likely that your name embodies the real word we want to bring to mind when our grandchildren ask for us: love.
Be it Grandma, Bibi, YiaYia, whatever — we want our grandkid’s hearts to swell when they hear our name, knowing how dearly they are loved.
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