What’s in a name…part 2

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So following on from the naming conventions the other day, I remembered this system has another downfall (as if my poor ‘bearded lady’ mother doesn’t have it hard enough already…)

We’ve become a tad lazy and had started to abbreviate the granparenting identifiers, till we realised this was starting to breed a whole new set of very-difficult-to-explain-to-a-4-year-old problems.

Let’s start with G & G London (yep, no prizes for guessing where they live!), which is abbreviated in cards to G & G (Lon). Nothing too controversial there.

Grandma with the dog is slightly less fortunate and is shortened simply to ‘Grandma Dog’. Not very flattering..

G & G Country – hmm. I think you can figure out what that got shortened to by a pre-schooler in all childhood innocence – and why we had to abandon the abbreviation system right away!

What’s in a name?

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This morning as I made my way to work, I was thinking about the milestone birthday my father reached today, and how the boys sang him a lovely rendition of Happy Birthday. It also led me to think about the naming convention we have for grandparents….

We’re fortunate enough to have quite a large collection of great/grand relatives and it was my niece and nephew who first came up with the idea of referring to each set of grandparents by an identifying feature. Hence G&G ‘with the chimney’ (their house had a chimney), ‘with the square garden’ (yes, it’s not rocket science….) – then we come to the more amusing ones…

G&G with the horse (not actually their horse, it just used to poke it’s head over the hedge) soon became G&G with the dead horse (!), which unfortunately then became G&G with the dead Grandma (!!). And as if that wasn’t bad enough, we also have G&G with the beard (on account of Grandad’s beard) – I have a vivid memory of being in a busy supermarket one Saturday morning with my niece and nephew, who shouted after my mother ‘Grandma with the beard’.

Let’s just say it turned a few heads…..