What’s in a name?

2:12 pm
birthday, grandparents, kids

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…..

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