Then there is the whole "Picking a Grandma name" thing. I thought that was to be MY job! Silly me.
Had I been ASKED, I'd have MUCH preferred the ones which were at least a derivative of the WORD Grandmother – Granny, Grammy, Grams, G-ma, etc.; Or the Hebrew EMA, at least!
No offense to anyone, but I really hated the N-word ones, Nana (sounded too much like the dog in Peter Pan), Nanny ( that's a professional babysitter, not a grandma), Nene (too close to ninny for my liking....), etc.!!!
But, as my world goes, when my first grandchild began to speak, her name for me was Nan'ya! I couldn't begin to tell you why! But at least is was a bit unique from the other ones I'd heard, so over time I just quit trying to change that, and just gave in! And now I LOVE IT!
Recently I felt led to delve into the word to see if there was actually a meaning, and what that would be. What I found was quite astounding actually! After scrolling through myriad sources, the ones that seemed consistent were as follows:
“You are a natural leader, independent and individualistic. You are extremely ambitious, original, and courageous. You employ new and unproven methods. You are an explorer and an innovator. Openness to too many peripheral influences limits and frustrates you. You are self-reliant, confident, and energetic.”
“You want peace and harmony in all aspects of your life. You want to devote your life to someone or something. You fall in love easily. You are extremely sensitive and emotional. You can be sentimental and you cry at sad stories. You need friends and society. You appreciate the refinements of life. You desire comfort and security.”
“You appear strong and powerful. You have an impressive personality and can influence and even intimidate through sheer force. You have natural authority. Your competence and enthusiasm attract people with resources. You radiate confidence. People defer to you because they sense your sureness and effectiveness. You also exude a kind of controlled benevolence. ”
Also, I looked this Word up in Hebrew. “Nan'ya” in the Hebrew means:
Prudent one, Crafty, One who tears down altars of idols.
Who knew that little Lula was prophetic in her choice of Grandma names? Lol So I am just settling into this whole Nanya bit.
(But Darcie's “G'ma”, that she sometimes called me works too). Basically, at this point, they can call me whatever, as long as they call me! Lol
Love those little “punkins”!
Nanya, Sandra D., Little Old Me . . . <3