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Forum topic by Don Broussard posted 11-03-2012 04:45 PM 669 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Broussard

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11-03-2012 04:45 PM

My wife and I have a granddaughter (Josephine) that our daughter blessed us with about 9 months ago. We have our grandparent names picked out, and are aware that she might not call us by the name we picked out. Just curious, what name did you pick out for yourself, and what do your grandchildren call you? Do all your grandchildren call you by the same name?

By the way, we have picked out Pepere and Memere (Cajun French), but we might end up being something totally different.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!


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gfadvm

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#1 posted 11-04-2012 03:24 PM

Papadoc for me. But they will figure out what they want to call you all and you’ll love it!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 11-04-2012 08:20 PM

I like Papadoc. If I was a veterinarian or any kind of doctor, that’d be nice. Is that the name you picked out or was it the oldest grandchild’s creation?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 11-04-2012 10:05 PM

I know that this was directed to grandparents, more so, than parents. But I thought I would share something I found interesting. A favorite coffee cup of mine is one that has the word for “Dad” in various languages layed out all over the cup. One thing that struck me was that almost all the versions were the same word. Of all the words that have been created over the millenniums, the first two words we associate with love (mama and papa) were actually created by children, at a very short time in their development, when all nationalities speak the same language.

I find that thought comforting at times.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#4 posted 11-05-2012 02:54 AM

@David—

I wonder if I was taught to say Papa and Mama when I was a wee baby, or if those were the words my parents and older brothers taught me. It’s interesting teaching our granddaughter new things. She’s just babbling now, trying out her own voice, but soon she’ll be talking away, and we have to teach her to stop. She is practicing her labial sounds (b’s, m’s and p’s) so she’ll be saying Mama (and hopefully Pepere and Memere) soon. I appreciate your observations—thanks for your thoughtful contribution here.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 11-05-2012 04:13 AM

My inlaws were trying for Meme and I can’t remember what for grandpa. She is now Mame and he is pop pop. Funny part is that is what I called my grandfather but she came up with it when she stayed at their house for a month this summer and he would feed her pop tarts. She couldn’t say tart so would keep repeating pop and the name stuck with him.
My parents wanted Nani and Opah; my mother has become nana which she wanted to avoid and so far he is still opah though I’m trying to teach her to call him grumpus.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#6 posted 11-05-2012 01:43 PM

Don, One of my clients came up with that one.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 11-05-2012 01:51 PM

@derosa—I like “grumpus” for your father as a grandfather’s name. It sounds like the possessive form of grandpa, i.e. grumpus workshop. The grandchild might get a bit confused though (Why is he called “Opah” at his house, and “Grumpus” at my house?).

@gfadvm—That was a nice gift that your client gave you. BTW, I really like your signature quote!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#8 posted 11-05-2012 02:04 PM

Gampa and Nana Still the same 6 years later

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#9 posted 11-05-2012 02:04 PM

I cant wait until my little guy starts mumbling words out. Right now at a little over 2 months all he can do is make owl noises lol. My parents are grammy and poppy, wife parents are gramma and grandpa … but well see. Im sure the little meatball will forge his own words and that interests me more than anythign else.

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#10 posted 11-05-2012 02:28 PM

My two nephews call my mom Gramie, and my father Boppa. Cuase thats what came out of the oldest ones mouth when he tried to say grandma and grandpa.

-- Brian

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#11 posted 11-10-2012 06:07 AM

My wife and I are thrilled to have a grand-daughter on the way. Given my daughter’s long and distinguished military career, I am thinking “Sir” might be appropriate. At ease, Ryder!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#12 posted 11-10-2012 03:05 PM

Thanks Don

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 11-10-2012 03:12 PM

@ClayandNancy—Gampa and Nana must sound so sweet coming from the mouths of babes!

@Swyftfeet—I like Boppa. We are looking forward to seeing what ours will call us. It might not even be close to the names we picked out.

@DeLayne—When your granddaughter has to say “sir” and “ma’am” as signs of respect, she might wonder why she has to say “sir, sir” to you!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#14 posted 11-11-2012 06:50 AM

Don,

Grampa and Gramma. My Grandson (6) started calling us that as soon as he could get the words out. My oldest Granddaughter (3) started with “Bampa & Bamma”. Now it’s usually Silly Grampa. My youngest Granddaughter (26 days) just yowels when she’s hungry or wet. Still music to my ears. Fun topic.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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