What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet

It seems like the simplicity of the “Happy Days” (aka the 50’s) is gone. We called our Grandmother, Grandma. Grandfather, Grandpa.
My kids called their Grandmother, Grandma and Grandfather, Grandpa.
My first 3 grandchildren call me Uma and their Grandfather, Pop-Pop. The other side of the family is Nana and Grampy.
Second son and his wonderful wife to have a child (due next Spring) decided we needed to be called Mammy and Boompa.
To quote Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation – who was also called Boompa by one of his Grandchildren – “BOOM-Pa????”
I think my husband has a bit of a harder time than I do with the name choices. I tend to be a bit more creative and silly and fun loving of the out of the ordinary in life. Could my son have gotten that from me? Hmmmm.
First daughter-in-law called today to state that the first Grandchildren get to name us and Uma and Pop-Pop it is!
Let the games begin! This could be interesting. I think I will get some popcorn and hot chocolate and sit back and enjoy.
I love being a Grandma- Uma – Mammy. 😉

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3 thoughts on “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet

  1. First off, I’m a purist — it’s Grandma and Grandpa, period. My sister’s grandchildren call her and her husband Nanny and Papa Eddie, for whatever reason (probably because she was only 44 when she because a grandmother and didn’t want the traditional label). My parents were always Grandma and Grandpa (Sue’s kids called Georgie Pop; mine tried Poppy, but it never stuck — it was Grandpa all he way). Mammy? Maybe it’s a Midwestern thing — whatever works….

    Second, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation is one of the funniest books ever — I actually have an old, probably first edition of it that Don fished out of the discard pile at the Hillside Public Library. When I’m bored, I re-read it and think of Cape Cod. And, I always thought that calling Mr. Hobbs “Bompa” was pure irony, because if there was ever a person who didn’t fit the title “Bompa”, it was Roger Hobbs!!!!

  2. You know Mr. Hobb’s?! Oh man, you just got even cooler in my eyes- and I already had you at like a 10 out of 10!

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