What’s In A Name?


Grandma, Granny, Gammy, Nana, Nanny, Noni, Gigi…..

I’ve gone through hundreds of grandma names looking for just the right one. This is a huge deal. You get to pick one name to be called for the remainder of your years by any number of grandchildren that pop into your life. And you better believe that eventually it will catch on and your children will start calling you by your grandma name too. It is goodbye momma, hello old lady grandma. Goodbye nighttime snuggles, hello rocking chair knitting. Goodbye to kissing boo-boos on scraped knees, hello to gray hair and hip replacements.

Tough transition, right? Tell me about it! I am in major crisis-identity mode right now. I have always been ‘just a mommy.’ If you asked me a few months ago what made me-me, I wouldn’t have mentioned being a Mi-Mi. 🙂 I would have said my entire world was wrapped up in being a momma- and a young one at that! Now here I am. I have instantly aged. My back hurts, my skin is wrinkled, and I can’t see to drive at night. And on top of all of that- I have to choose one single grandma name that I will live with for the next 40-50 years. SO MUCH PRESSURE!

Dramatic, right? Maybe a little, but it is a break-down awaiting many of us as we seek self-establishment based on temporal circumstances. Things change. We lose our jobs, we change churches, our friends move away, our children grow up. This doesn’t change who we are or who God called us to be. We just learned to flaunt the beautiful person God created in new circumstances. And somehow things always work out, regardless of the grandma name we give ourselves.

So, all that to say that I have narrowed it down to two grandma names that I think I might could live with. MiMi and Lolli.

What about you? What’s your grandma name and how did you come up with it? I look forward to hearing from you!





Love God, love my family, love writing, love public speaking, love Calhoun Ga, love Florida State Seminoles!

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