Archive for March, 2012


Why “Grannyhaha”? I have five married children and am old-fashioned enough to discourage any of their spouses from calling me by my given name. A couple do use the same appellation as their partners do, others the Japanese term, “okaasan”. Other term in Japanese is “haha ue”, that would only be used very fromally with one’s own mother. When our only daughter married, I jokingly told her husband he could call me that as so he does. Somehow when their chldren came along, I became “Granny” “Haha”, Grannyhaha to them – a kind of hybrid term for grandmother. But never, never for my children and their spouses to call me that directly, except when the children are involved.

No laughing matter.


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