It took my mom maybe two minutes after my pregnancy annoucement to start obessing over her grandma name. She had waited a long time for this! It was a day she thought may never arrive. And now, she needed to officially claim her new grandma identity with a special moniker uniquely her own.
I told her I thought the kids were supposed to come up with grandma names. Like you could suggest something to them, and then they make it their own. I named my grandma Nanny because I couldn’t get the hang of Granny. And my mom called her grandma MaMa (pronounced Maw-Maw).
In the end, she decided she would become “Nana,” and that worked great at first. My son easily adopted the name and called my husband’s mom Grandma and my mom Nana.
And then Nanny came to visit.
When confronted with them both in the same room, Nana and Nanny sounded too similar. So that’s how my mom became “Big Nana.” What makes the name so funny is that my mom isn’t “big” in any sense- she’s 5’6″ and slim. But she is, in fact, taller than Nanny. So in true observant and honest toddler fashion, my son made up her unique grandma name based on observation and also started calling Nanny “Little Nana.”
It makes me giggle every time he mentions “Big Nana.” My Mom was So not into it at first. But just the other day she finally said if he wants to call her that then he can. He made it up and that makes it special.
I don’t know if it will last, but we’re just going to roll with it until he comes up with something else. And until then, Mom is all set with an awesome trucker or rapper name. It works well either way.
We’re visiting my in-laws’s house this weekend (who are obviously grandparents) and I noticed some striking similarities between their household and my own grandparent’s house. I feel like these are things you run into at many grandparent’s houses. It’s like something that happens when you get older, you start to collect or display these odd items. Sort of like a teenager and their music/movie posters, these are items you display when you hit a certain age. I’m interested to know how many other people have run into these same things:
The Creepy Lifelike Doll
Where did she come from? Why is she hanging out? She’s not there to play with, just to look at it. And we are lucky enough to have her propped up on the dresser of the guest bedroom, so she can watch over us while we sleep. This one is not actually as creepy as her predecessor. We have no idea where she went…
The Grandfather Clock
My great-grandma had one of these and it used to creep me out when I couldn’t sleep. Like it was mocking me with every hour. My in-laws have one that marks every 30 min. and goes off on the hour. Why is this even a thing? It’s really annoying at 2AM.
I’ve run into this at every grandparent’s place – the Asian collection. My own grandmother re-did her entire living room in what she calls her “Orientals.” And my in-laws have an Asian room as well. My great-grandmother just had a few select pieces. But it seems they’ve all been touched by the Asian persuasion at some point.
Random Wall Art
I’m not sure how long something hangs on the wall before you feel like it’s time to move on, but most of the artwork found at grandma’s has been there for a loooooong time. I’m pretty sure this a 1960’s raccoon portrait. It makes me think of The Bloggess, lol.
The WTF Item
These are things given to them by friends who are being funny, that they keep and display. They serve no purpose, just take up space, and are just weird. I think this is a troll drinking beer. It has been here for the 18 years I’ve known my husband. Always in the guest room, just hanging out.
There are many other fun things to find at grandma’s, but these are just a few that jumped out at me on our latest visit. I’d love to see pics of what everyone else finds!
As a side note – my in-laws are pretty awesome. So this is in no way making fun of them or their decorating skills. Just a little observation piece 😀