Since discovering I’m going to become a GRANNY this summer – read all about it here – I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want my Granny name to be.
In terms of the more traditional options, Granny is my favourite. I’m not particularly keen on Nan or Nanny. I don’t know why, but when I think of Nan I imagine a woman in one of those cleaning tabards, leaning against a back door, smoking a cigarette and looking cross. No offence to all the Nans out there. Nanny is just Nanny McPhee, and I don’t have any hairy moles (yet).
My mum and her mum are/were both Gran, and my Dad’s mum was Grandma, so I want something a bit different from those, and Granny has an air of mischief about it that I like. I imagine a Granny would do thinks like hide miniature bottles of prosecco in her handbag when she took her grandchildren to soft play. Although come to think of it, my Gran used to take a thermos of gin and tonic when she took me to the beach, so perhaps that’s more genetic than name based.
So what should I be called?
I want something fun, but not too weird. I would like something that can be corrupted a bit, because Bee and Belle get a lot of pleasure from changing Gran to other things, like Granulated Sugar, Granola or Ugranda, and I go from being plain Mum to all kinds of different variations – Muffinsky, Muff-Bag, Merm or, a personal favourite, ‘My Colleague Jo Shirt’.
(Don’t ask as I no idea any more.)
I’ve got until July to decide, otherwise I’ll end up having to put up with whatever ‘hilarious’ name Bee picks for me, so thinking caps on please.
What do you call your grandparents? Do you have any suggestions for me?