Jennifer, at Ellison Lane Quilts, recently had a post about a quilt she "borrowed" from her grandmother. At the end of that post she posed this question: "what do you call your grandmother?"
With permission from Jennifer to use the idea, I am inspired to write this post.
My grandmothers were both Nanna (although I suspect we spelt one of them Nana).
My mother is also Nanna to her five grandchildren and Grand-Nan to her great-grandchildren (as was her mother).
My father's paternal grandmother, the only great-grandmother still alive when I was born, was called Gan by grandchildren and great-grandchildren alike.
My husband's grandmothers were Nanna and Grandma.
My parents-in-law were officially Grandma and Grandpa, but are known as Gran(ny) and Pa by their seventeen grandchildren, their spouses and, currently, nine great-grandchildren.
SIL's grandmothers were Nanna and Grandmother.
SIL's parents are known to their grandchildren as Oma and Opa because of his German background (he was born in Australia and is third generation Australian).
My mother's best friend is known as Boo (her name is Beulah).
WM and I are Grandad and Grandmum. I chose that because I didn't want to be Nanna, Granny or Grandma and Mum goes with Dad so why shouldn't the spouse of Grandad be Grandmum? Twelve months after I chose what I thought was an 'original', I was reading a book about my great-great-grandmother who was transported to Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania) as a thirteen year old for breaking, entering and stealing. In the first chapter of the book, Agnes is called Grandmum.
I don't believe in coincidences but I find that quite amazing!
So, as Jennifer asked on her blog, "what do you call your grandmother?"