DEAR MISS MANNERS: My wife and I have a new baby, and we also have a bit of a problem. Both grandmothers want to be called “Nana.”
We’ve suggested that one could be “Nana Bea” and the other could be “Nana Joan,” but neither will budge, and each wants to be called just Nana. One other bit of info: Nana Bea already has nine other grandkids and Nana Joan has just this one.
GENTLE READER: Awww. That is adorable.
Oh no, not the names. Nor the silly fighting among grownups who should know better. Miss Manners finds it adorable that both grandmothers think that they will have a say in what they will be called once the baby is old enough to have an opinion about it.
But in order for you and your wife to remain neutral and unbiased (and that one of them has fewer grandchildren is not conducive to that argument), Miss Manners recommends that you tell them both that they can be “Nana.” Then have a good laugh together in a couple of years, when one becomes “Nana Far-Away,” and the other, “Nana Gets-Me-Toys.”