My Son Renamed My Dad As “Papa”

17 months.

Gone are the days when grandparents are cool with being called Grandma and Grandpa. That’s like calling your administrative assistant a secretary. After all, this is the age of hipster toddlers.

It’s common knowledge that any grandmother going by the name of Nana or Nonna is going to be the hippest on the block. As for grandfathers, my own dad chose to be called “Pappy.”

He has been “Pappy” for Jack’s entire life… until Easter weekend. That was the first time since Jack started talking that he saw his Pappy.

When he saw my dad, he immediately called for him, saying “Papa, Papa,” reaching out his arms to be held. In fact, Jack called him “Papa” the whole weekend.

So I guess that’s it. Jack has a Nonna and a Papa. Not a Nonna and a Pappy.

Since Jack is the oldest grandchild of my parents, Papa is probably the name that is going to stick.

I think that’s a really cool name for the modern grandfather. As a child of the Eighties, I associate the word with Papa Smurf. Being that my dad has a goatee, it fits him.

It’s as if Jack said, “So listen, I totally respect the whole ‘Pappy” thing; how you wanted to be called that and all. But you see, you’re gonna be Papa instead.”

I’m pretty sure my dad doesn’t mind.

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  1. by Danielle

    On April 19, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Totally my kids… How I have no idea. Funny? Absolutely! My kids great-grandparents are known as Grnadma and Grandpa cooking. As my son loved to cook with them when he was very young. My parents: Grandma real estate (she sells real estate obviously!) and papa tractor ( he owns a large tractor!). As fr now on, this is what they have forever been called an I don’t see that changing anytime soon!

  2. by Nick Shell

    On April 20, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Grandma Real Estate? Too awesome.

  3. by Erica A.

    On April 20, 2012 at 8:57 am

    My daughter calls my parents G-pa and Nana. I just love it. But my nephew calls them Pampo and Nana. So it does come down to the grandkids preference.