Trendy grandma names have become the norm in my neck of the woods. So much so, that it is hard to find a grandma anywhere. The former matriarchs of my family included a Mam-maw, Granny, Grandmother and a Grandmother Mimi. I never had the privilege of meeting them but I also had a Big Mama and a Granny Great. All those sweet ladies have gone on to their great reward and so have their monikers.
In my family alone, we now have a GG, Mim, Gram, Mimi, Nana (we have an abundant amount of nanas) and a Nette. I know of a Peach, Oma, Tish, Wisty and Chick. And according to my friend Rebekah Sanderlin, a journalist who wrote this article for NPR on the phenomenon, it is not a situation unique to my friends and family.
Trendy names aren’t just for the grandmas who wish to belay aging or the appearance there of. I wasn’t entirely surprised when my dad refused to be called Grand-anything. He never wanted anyone to know his age and wasn’t keen on celebrating his birthday. For awhile he was Daddy Jim to my nieces and nephew but by the time my kids came along, he was simply Jim. I must point out that I was never allowed to call him by his first name but we all know what happens to our parents when the grandkids come along. They go soft in the discipline department and mayhem is allowed and sometimes encouraged.
Mom’s logic for a grandma name was pretty complicated as well. When you are wife to a Jim you can’t exactly be a “Grandmother”. She wanted something short and sweet but also didn’t want anything associated with nannies or goats.
So the problem with holidays when you have a trendy and unique grandma name is that you can’t find a pre-made card with that particular moniker. Hallmark and American Greetings haven’t quite caught up to the trend. I will say one can find a Nana card here and there. Plus, I am realistic that there will never be a Nette card. This Valentine’s Day I was feeling extremely crafty and productive so I decided to make Valentines for my family.
I started with my mom. I knew she should get something more than just an ordinary card. I found paper mache letters at Hobby Lobby and picked out the N for “Nette”. I decorated it with mixed media. Much of it was Stampin’ Up! papers using Stampin’ Up! tools. When I finished it, I asked my hubby what he thought of my finished “N”. He said it was pretty, but wanted to know its function. He asked, “What does it do?” (This came from a man who doesn’t like hushpuppies, and can’t appreciate the artistic nuances of fried bread balls!) He is also an engineer which explains a lot. Well, it may not turn on lights or solve complicated mathematical problems, but it did bring a smile to my mom’s face and reminded her that her daughter and grandchildren love her. Sometimes that can be the best function of all.