How I Spell My Name

Grandma Kc wrote this on May 30th, 2014 27 Replies

This is a special memory from my own childhood.

Grandma N out on the old farm in late 1940s or early 1950s.

I spell my name Grandma Kc. It is Grandma not Grama or Granma or any other spelling because Daddy said so! I still remember that day. It was after my parents had gotten divorced and I was spending one of my monthly weekends with him. He had moved into a little trailer not far from my Grandparents. I remember him letting me sleep in the bed and he would sleep on the couch. My Dad was 6’3″ and he had to be very uncomfortable out there but he never mentioned it. I was fascinated by his trailer. I even offered to wash the outside of it for him – I did half of it but never found time to finish it. That was hard work!

A portrait of Grandma and Grandpa N

I really don’t remember what the occasion was but I had gotten a card for Grandma and I vividly remember sitting at the tiny kitchen table in that trailer and writing “To: Gramma”. It was how I always said her name in my head so I was sure that was how to spell it. Daddy said I was wrong – she was Grandma or Grandmother. He said it was the Grand part that was important. He really loved his Mom and I was so touched, even at that young age, that she was so important to him that she was Grand!

Grandma N standing in the doorway in Florida.

So when I read blog posts about how grandparents are deciding what they want to be called I just chuckle to myself. I didn’t have a choice – I planned to be a Grandma.

27 thoughts on “How I Spell My Name

  1. Connie

    Wow! Do I need to change my name now because I use Gramma? I love that GRAND idea πŸ™‚ And yes GRANDparents are so grand! The gentleman, I’m guessing your grandfather, looks very much like my husbands father did. He lived in MI too….hmmm πŸ˜‰

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      NO! You don’t need to change your name – you are certainly a GRANDparent to your grandchildren! Wouldn’t that be a coincidence if I were somehow related to your husband?

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara has taken to calling me Grammy when she wants something. You know – β€œGrammy, can we have pizza?” On the other hand she calls Grandpa Grampy when she is scolding him – which is most of the time! β€œGrampy, you’re doing that thing again!” I love those two!

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  2. Launna

    This is sweet Kc… I like the thought and sweetness behind the meaning. I am a different grandmother… πŸ˜‰ . . . I like to be called glamma nana πŸ™‚ I just like the name πŸ˜‰

    So guess what… I had a date with a sweet man and we are going out tonight… he’s very nice, the kind of man I deserve…

    Have a great weekend πŸ˜‰

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  3. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    Ha! Yes, GRAND indeed! I, though a GRANDma, am called GRAMMA (like Connie). I hope my grandkiddos will always think of me as GRAND no matter what they call me. I think YOU are GRAND, Kc, always. (I would be delighted to hear the story about the lower case c though. :-D)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You are very GRAND indeed! You have Grandma’s Briefs! Plus since you have 2 – soon to be 3 – grandchildren that makes you three times grander!

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  4. debra@ HOMESPUN

    Now that is just sweet! πŸ™‚ And I love the old photos! πŸ™‚ Don’t you just love to see the hair and clothes from back then…how pretty she was and how handsome he was / FUN! πŸ™‚ I have many old photos and ancestry stuff and need to do something with them on one of my blogs one of these days ! πŸ™‚ This is inspiring.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You need to take your own advice that you so wisely gave to me and start doing a post each week from your childhood! Think how much the grandchildren will enjoy them when they are older! They would LOVE to hear about how different your life was from theirs! Thanks again for telling me to do this!

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  5. sarah christian

    A heartwarming story, indeed! And oh the wonderful photographs that hold memories to your past. What a touching remembrance that has affected your lifetime. If I ever were to be, I would want to be a GRANDmother for sure! Thank you for sharing such a touching and loving memory from your past.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thank you Sarah, I am so glad there are so many pictures and I am so glad I am taking so many pictures! We think the whole camera gene may have started with Grandma. We have a lot of pictures of her that Dad took where she has a camera in her hand. I know I got my cooking and sewing gene from her and Jenna and Amara both seems to have inherited those, too!

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  6. An Enchanted Cottage

    I so enjoy all your memories of childhood, etc. Thank you for sharing them. I think you take all of the posts and photos from your blog and make them into a book for Amara. I loved these photos – especially your Grandma N as a young woman out on the farm. Just beautiful!
    Donna

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am hoping someday they will have the technology down to easily make my blog into a book. There is one company but they only do it for Blogger, Blogspot and WordPress.com sites – which rules me out but maybe someday! I really am curious who took that picture of my Grandma. I guess Dad must have taken it but he would have been pretty young so he must have always loved taking pictures. Some of them even have notes on the back about lighting angles and f-stops! Love it!

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  7. Olga

    My grandkids call me Grandma. My daughter is very precise in her pronunciation and they have seemed to pick that up as well. My grandson laughed when someone referred to me as “grandmother” this past weekend. Even with a tendency to elide into gramma, granma, or gran the GRAND is always there.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I may sign it Grandma Kc but I really do still pronounce it Granma Kc and so does Amara. But she and her Mom both spell out Grandma for both me and Justin’s Mom. I’m so glad you and your Grandson had such a great time. You did have an amazing weekend! Hope you are rested and recovered!

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  8. Sandy Siegel

    That’s such a sweet memory! Or should I say a ‘grand’ memory??? LOL Your dad is right, it should be spelled ‘Grandma’ because grandparents are truly grand! I have always spelled it without the D and old habits are hard to change.

    I guess I expected my grandkids to call me Grama because that’s what I called my grandmothers, and my son calls his grandmothers the same. So it just sort of followed tradition for the family. I do now have a nickname courtesy of my 10 year old little princess Kendal … she calls me Grams. I never referred to myself as Grams so I don’t know where she got it from. She likes calling me that and I’m actually touched by the term. One of my Gramas (who I always called Grama) used to sign cards and letters to me as “Grams”. I love it when Kendal calls me that now! I always think of my ‘Grams’.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I LOVE that Kendie calls you Grams. It is the perfect name for you. You two have such a special relationship; you should have a special name. But you know what else is interesting? We called our Grandparents by their sir names such as Grandpa and Grandma Smith. Josh and Jenna both called Mom and Dad by their first names and now their children calls us by our first names – Grandma Kc and Grama Sandy. WE had to have been the ones that changed it, so why? Was it that we thought of Grandma and Grandpa Smith by those names so Dad and Mom couldn’t have that same name?

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  9. Joy @ Yesterfood

    Aww! And GRAND you are, indeed!! I enjoy you so much, Kc, and I can only imagine how GRAND you are to Amara! ?

    Another wonderful story of a memory from your childhood- I love reading these.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Joy! I really do love being a Grandma and she sure makes it easy! You would be very proud of her cooking and baking skills!

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  10. KImberly

    Catching up after May craziness. I love that your Dad pointed out the Grand to you, sweet. I can’t help but wonder, was your sister okay with not going with you to see your Dad and Grandparents? I have a situation where I spend a great deal more time with two sets of grands than the third set. It is heartbreaking. Though I never wanted to be a grandparent who played favorites, it is hard when you know some so much better than others. Did you get to spend all the time you wanted with them once you were grown?
    How did you end up in California?
    Girl, raises a lot of questions. I’m glad you chose a different way for your child and grandchild. Go Grandma KC, or whatever you want to be called, it seems to all be done with great love.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You are asking a bunch of questions and I do hope to cover them all eventually! You will just have to be patient. I will tell you that my sister was OK with not seeing Dad or the rest of the family. My mother had her completely convinced that they were all terrible people. I wasn’t quite so convinced and it was certainly part of what came between the two of us, as we got older.

      I sure hope you can find a way to get to spend more time with that 3rd set of grands. I’m betting those grandchildren wish they were getting more time with you, too! It is certainly their loss, too.

      Hope things quiet down for you soon. Two more weeks of school – will we survive?

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  11. belinda brock

    all my thoughts re your post have been pretty much summed up: that you are GRAND and that these “look backs” are enjoyable, but i thought i’d chime in, anyway. btw, at least amara doesn’t call her grandpa “grumpy” when she scolds him πŸ™‚

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      No she doesn’t call him Grumpy but she has certainly been known to scold him! I will never forget the time he eat the last of the ice cream! She was very angry with him and yet all we could do was laugh!

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  12. Joyce

    Interesting that it is “grandmothers” alone who see so many variations on what they are called! Everything from Nana to Oma to Granny to Grams….that amount of variations are never heard for mom, dad, aunts or uncles!
    I think it is so sweet how your dad instructed you to not deny his mother the title of GRAND! And that is exactly what you have been to Amara – it has not just been an idle title!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thank you, Joyce! You’re right there sure are a lot more variations for us GRAND people! As for Dad – he really did love his Mom. She was an amazing lady and I want to be just like her!

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  13. Marianna

    Love this post. I am Grammy to my little ones and I melt whenever I hear one of them voice it. (Not nearly often enough — we live half around the world from them). When our first grandchild was born, his parents along with my husband and me made a 10-hour road trip to Ohio to visit MY mother. He presented her with a new coffee mug that read “This grandmother has just been promoted to GREAT!” Love that!!

    I also am enthralled with the idea of posting blogs about your own childhood…purposefully for your granddaughter to read. I’m going to have to give that some real consideration for my new grandparenting blog. Thanks for the inspiration.

    (Dropped by via Grandma’s Briefs GRAND social)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I just love the coffee mug sentiment. I so hope that I continue to live a long and healthy life so that I can be around to be a Great Grandmother or even a Great Great Grandma! How cool would that be?

      I hope you post stories of your childhood, too! I keep trying to encourage others to do it. Originally AmaraLand was nothing but stories and photos of her – my brag book – but a fellow blogger suggested I do it and I am so glad I did. Amara has always enjoyed me telling her stories of my childhood and stories about her Mom when she was young so she really likes this. Plus I have managed to share stories that her Mom had never heard. I hope you try it – I would love to be a trend setter!

      Good Luck with your new blog! May you have much success.

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