The seed was planted for this story many, many years ago when I saw this sweet little role poly white haired grandma wearing a bib apron and selling her jam on QVC. She said that her nickname was “Nana Sugar,” all of her grandkids called her that.
Well, I thought that was just the cutest thing I ever heard, I didn’t have grandchildren at the time and when I brought up that idea, my family informed me that there was no way they were going to have kids and let them call me “Nana Sugar,” they shot down that idea faster than a New York minute.
If you read my blogs back in the day, or if you know me personally, you realize that I went on and on and on about this, I thought I would be the perfect Nana Sugar, but I had to give it up, because the first thing you learn about being a grandparent is that you are no longer in charge. Parents rule!
And then I became Grammie and it was just the best thing, there is nothing sweeter than hearing those little voices calling my name.
I’ve worked with Lexi so much, trying to get her to say Grammie. Larry is known to Ben and Abby as P-Pa, and Lexi has called him Pa-Pa for several months now, but she just can’t or won’t say “Grammie” despite my constantly pleading, trying to get her to say it. I’m always saying to her, “Grrrrrr-ammie, Grrrrr-ammie” and she looks at me and just cracks up. When they were here last weekend it was the samo, samo. They arrived, walked into the garage, her Daddy was carrying her, and she pointed that little finger right at LC and said “Pa-Pa.” Then she looked at me and giggled.
Well, this can’t continue, so out of desperation, I said to her, “Nana.” She immediately parroted back “Nana” and said it over and over the entire weekend. Well, let me tell you, I also worked on the “Sugar” part of it. No luck yet, but I’m hopeful.
There is no rule that says that one set of grandchildren can’t call you one thing and the other grandchild can’t call you something else. Nowhere is that written in stone! And John, now that he lives in Nashville and is married to Deanna, a true Southern woman, has softened to the idea of “Nana Sugar.” Deanna loves the idea, so I’ve got a shot at it. Wouldn’t it be awesome if I could pull this off?
Oh, quit rolling your eyes, I know it’s hokey, but I just love it.
Yep, with a little luck I may still be “Nana Sugar” after all! Hot damn...