Just before I gave birth to our infant son, Erroll and I decided to ask his mum how she would like to be known by her first grandchild. It was something I had not thought about in any great detail before, as both my parents has already claimed their designations: Jiajia Dora and Pappou Panos ever since my two sisters delivered my three nephews and one niece into our world some twenty five years ago.
But on Erroll’s side, Kingsley would be the first ‘grandchild Hartley’ born and with that comes the joy of choosing an appropriate moniker for each oldie. We hadn’t realised how much diversity and dilemma actually existed surrounding the naming of grandparents in today’s society. Especially in a blended family like ours, there can be a very many ‘grandparents’ who all quite rightly deserve their own calling name.
Erroll’s mum immediately chose for herself “Oma Tinks.” Tinks is a nod to her glamorous stage name from her days in television, dance and music. Oma if course is Dutch for granny. OMA!!! Our baby boy loves it!