Saturday, February 01, 2003

Can I be Babar?

Our 18-month-old granddaughter, Alyssa, is slowling learning to speak, but the names of the people she shares the house with have been a challenge: Grandma, Grandpa, and Great-Grandma, as well as Mom.

She's got the Mom thing down, but Grandma is "Ba", and I'm "Baba". I toyed with the idea of get her to call me "Poppa", but that's what our late brother-in-law used to go by, and Kim hated the nickname then (didn't like HIM much either, may God rest his soul). "Granddad's" been the tradition in my family, but I preferred "Grandpa".

Then I remembered Babar the Elephant. He was pretty cool - big guy, got to be the king, had some adventures... we'll see if "Babar" works. She's almost there!

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