They Can Call Me Anything

granpaandgranmagunsI just want to be alive when the grandkids start talking.

We have  discussed Baby names that should not be used.  With impending Grandparenthood barreling down on the family, names for the new Grandparents are being chosen.

Right off the bat these are already been claimed: Meemaw, Pawpaw, Grandpa, Grandma, Grammy, Buddy, Pops and Gran.

Now let’s eliminate alternatives.  Yes, these names have been used by some abusive family, somewhere.

Ammo- Kinda cute but no.  Grandmother is not going to be called AMMO unless she loaded bombs for the Air Force.

Babushka– No, it’s not Polish for Grandmother. It’s Polish for “head scarf.” Move on.

Banana and Papaya– Let’s just ban all fruits now.  In fact, all references to food.

Bubba: No.

Cracker: No (see above).

Go-Go: The cat was named Go-Go. That name is retired.

Grandpa – Las Vegas and Grandma – Phoenix-  While Teutonically efficient, we’ll skip these please.

Grootvader- Actually from the Dutch, but no for obvious reasons.

Groot- Jamie just nominated that for me.  Hmmmmm?  I’ll think about it.

Hoosier-  Go ahead and combine that with Dad and Mom and see what the kids will be saying at Open House.  Apparently it stems from a Family name being used. Maybe they were Yankees?

Mamoo:  While from Irish origin, sounds too much like Shamu.

Poop: No. Well, maybe but only if I get to call the little rug rat “Little Shit”.  On second thought let’s eliminate all bodily functions.

Helpful Suggestions

Tunkasila- Lakota Sioux for Grandfather.


Grossvater und Grossmutter- If you’re going German, go big or stay home.

Granpapa and Granmama-  The kids call me Papa.  This is the logical extension.




Feel free to put suggestions both pros and cons in the comments..

“Hurry Up”- Grandma Has the Right Stuff

It’s the nightmare scenario. You’re up flying with your husband and suddenly he slumps over the controls. What do you do?

This actually happened to 80 year old Helen Collins yesterday. Her 81 year old husband John was flying their twin engine Cessna when he passed out.  Helen took the controls, she had some flying experience.  But not in this type and not for years. She dialed 911 on her cell phone. 911 got her connected to a flight instructor.

Flight instructor Cathy Vuksanovic,  coached Helen as her husband, Robert, fired up his plane to guide Collins to the runway.

Helen demonstrated heroic calm and Test Pilot  Right Stuff as Bob radioed her.


Robert Vuksanovic: “I’ll be joining up there with you in about two minutes.”

Helen: “Hurry up.”

Bob guided Helen to Door County Cherry Land Airport (SUE/KSUE), Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. After a couple of practice approaches and running out of fuel, Helen brought the Cessna in. Although missing the runway, she put in the grass on the wheels and skidded to a stop. The nose gear collapsed. But any landing you walk away from is a good landing.

Listen to how Helen gets it done.