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Baby Boomer grandparents underscore uniqueness

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So, you’re a grandparent. Congratulations.

And if you are a Baby Boomer who is a grandparent, how likely is it that you are Grandpa or Grandma or Gramps or Gran to your grandkids?

Not likely, as it turns out.

Baby Boomers are choosing names that are unique in ways that set them apart in being grandparents as they were set apart in their music and politics.

USA Today explored this notion in a recent article.

Only half of grandparents these days are choosing the old standby of Grandma or Grandpa.

According to the experts cited by USA Today at, we’re choosing our own unique name or we’re letting the grandchild figure out what to call us.

Speaking from experience, I’m Pepere to my 2-year-old granddaughter Rylin. It is a family name, what my father -- of French Canadian heritage - was to his grandchildren.

My wife is Memmy. The way she describes the spelling it’s Mommy with the ‘e’ for emeritus.

Rylin has adopted both names, though it’s easier for her at this point to say Memmy than it is to say Pepere, which sounds more like Pierre.

Our other grandchild - Bradley - is still too young, but we will be Pepere and Memmy to him and all the grandchildren as they come along. The more the merrier, by the way, kids.

"I think what we are doing as Boomers is trying to sort through all of the language, all of the traditions and all of the possibilities," author Michael Gurian, 55, of Spokane, Wash.,said to USA Today. His book, “The Wonder of Aging,” was published in June. "In doing that, we're sorting through how to be grandparents and what to be called. We don't want to be the matriarch and patriarch of old."



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