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Hip baby boomers shun `granny' names
Houston Chronicle ^ | 3/20/04 | ELLEN WARREN

Posted on 03/22/2004 10:16:29 AM PST by qam1

Hearing, "You don't look old enough to be a grandparent," is a little like being a good-looking corpse. Not the greatest compliment.

Baby boomers entering the grandparent years are launching a small semantic revolution to avoid the traditional label of senior citizen status. These youth cult boomers are demanding that their grandkids call them names with a younger sound than the traditional "grandma" and "grandpa."

"Baby boomers don't want to adhere to the blue-haired old granny stereotype. They are choosing young-sounding names for themselves because generally they don't think of themselves as grandparent age," says Norah Burch, 30, a self-described "name nerd" who has been tracking options for the new slew of first-time grandparents on her Web site, www.namenerds.com.

Burch's own mother decided that her grandchildren would call her "Moogie," the term for "mother" from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

"I don't have any problem, even for one second, being a grandmother. For me it's just the name," explained Laura Burch, who became a grandmother, at age 51, to Mikala, who is now 9 (followed by Jacob, 5, and Ari, 2).

Norah Burch says her mom, a potter who lives in Ithaca, N.Y., chose the unconventional name "because she associated `grandma' and `granny' et al with bingo playing and driving a giant Oldsmobile."

"My mom and her whole circle of friends, when they started having grandkids in their 50s, the thought of being called `grandma' was pretty awful to them. They weren't gray-haired old ladies sitting around in rocking chairs baking cookies."

One correspondent on namenerds.com writes, "My mom is your typical white middle-class suburban Southern Baptist Bible-thumpin' Dubya-suppportin' Texan. She has big, puffy, shellacked blond hair and wears T-shirts with three-dimensional objects hanging off them. She believes in Jesus Christ, the Republican Party, craft fairs and spiral perms. She has rebelled against Grandma because it sounds `old' and she's only 41."

She wants her grandkids to call her "Peaches." "She's even thinking of having a peach tattooed on her toe."


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: agingbabyboomers; antiamericanism; antichristian; antirepublican; babyboomers; cityofevil; culturewar; friendsnotparents; grandparents; growup; ithaca; leftwingnuts; moogie; religion; religiousintolerance
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All I got to say is

grow up

1 posted on 03/22/2004 10:16:29 AM PST by qam1
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To: qam1
Next title from an article:

"Baby Boomers shun being dead"
2 posted on 03/22/2004 10:18:24 AM PST by OpusatFR (Sure they want to tone down the rhetoric. You are winning.)
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To: qam1
Ditto what you said. Bunch of whiney cry babies.
3 posted on 03/22/2004 10:19:11 AM PST by Peach
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To: qam1
Thats, "Grow Up, Grandma" to you, you whippersnapper!
4 posted on 03/22/2004 10:19:48 AM PST by January24th
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To: qam1
HA!
My MIL who will be turning 77 this year has insisted that her grandchildren call her HONEY!! Mine call her Grandma.

I like to call her a name that the Mods would not like.
5 posted on 03/22/2004 10:20:15 AM PST by netmilsmom (Jonathansmommie's daughter was born 3-11-04, both home!)
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To: Peach
do you have a peach tattooed on your toe? ; )
6 posted on 03/22/2004 10:20:36 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: qam1
That's the difference between "Boomers" and puppies.

Puppies open their eyes, grow up and stop whining.
7 posted on 03/22/2004 10:21:46 AM PST by anonymous_user (Politics is show business for ugly people.)
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To: qam1
"I don't have any problem, even for one second, being a grandmother. For me it's just the name," explained Laura Burch

So you just don't want people to know you're a grandmother. Got it.

8 posted on 03/22/2004 10:22:10 AM PST by DameAutour (It's not Bush, it's the Congress.)
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To: xsmommy
LOL.
9 posted on 03/22/2004 10:22:30 AM PST by Peach
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To: qam1
By now, the Boomers should be old enough to be potty trained.
10 posted on 03/22/2004 10:22:39 AM PST by Consort
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To: qam1; ItsOurTimeNow; PresbyRev; tortoise; Fraulein; StoneColdGOP; Clemenza; malakhi; m18436572; ...
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11 posted on 03/22/2004 10:23:14 AM PST by qam1 (Tommy Thompson is a Fat-tubby, Fascist)
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To: qam1
She wants her grandkids to call her "Peaches."

Yeah, she's a real peach.
How vain and immature can a person be?
Sometimes I'm embarrassed by my generation.
12 posted on 03/22/2004 10:24:34 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: qam1
When I was expecting my first grandchild (at age 40) I claimed the name "grammy" before the other grandma could. I love the name,love being a gramdmom, and get insulted when people tell me I'm too young to be a grandmother.
13 posted on 03/22/2004 10:24:37 AM PST by looney tune
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To: qam1
She wants her grandkids to call her "Peaches." "She's even thinking of having a peach tattooed on her toe."

Hey Peaches, try squezzing yourself into grandchildrens clothes. Get um real tight, or just wear a bikini next time you go shopping at walmart. Everyone will think your real cool and young.

14 posted on 03/22/2004 10:24:43 AM PST by Joe Hadenuf (I failed anger management class, they decided to give me a passing grade anyway)
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To: qam1
Ha! The "Granny" I know could kick-start a John Deere tractor! Or her Harley...
15 posted on 03/22/2004 10:24:55 AM PST by Maria S (Assigned parking only...all violators will be towed)
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To: qam1
Sheesh think of all the women who might love to have grandkids and for some reason, it didn't happen. They'd love to be called "Grandma".
16 posted on 03/22/2004 10:24:58 AM PST by Ciexyz
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To: qam1
Norah Burch says her mom, a potter who lives in Ithaca, N.Y., chose the unconventional name "because she associated `grandma' and `granny' et al with bingo playing and driving a giant Oldsmobile."

Instead, her Mom is most likely a pot head living in Ithaca, N.Y. who listens to the Greatful Dead and drives a VW bus.

'Moogie' is fitting.

17 posted on 03/22/2004 10:24:58 AM PST by uglybiker (I believe in God as much as any man. It's some of his ground crew that scares the hell out of me.)
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To: netmilsmom
My grandmother never gave me a choice of names.

I do suspect if I'd ever called her "Honey" the I'd have the choice of a "whupping" or "spanking."
18 posted on 03/22/2004 10:25:02 AM PST by anonymous_user (Politics is show business for ugly people.)
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To: qam1
They demand the utmost of respect from society, and then they show no respect to society. They shun society's convnetions. The only thing they respect in society is their own personal freedom--not that of their neighbors. They are babies.

They certainly aren't "Young Urban Professionals" (yuppies) anymore. They are more like: overgrown underaccomplished twits. OUTS.
19 posted on 03/22/2004 10:25:38 AM PST by rogueleader
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To: qam1
"My mom and her whole circle of friends, when they started having grandkids in their 50s, the thought of being called `grandma' was pretty awful to them. They weren't gray-haired old ladies sitting around in rocking chairs baking cookies."

No, they're bleach-blonde botoxed old ladies sitting around playing nickle bridge and trying to save up for a fanny lift.

20 posted on 03/22/2004 10:25:58 AM PST by TontoKowalski
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To: looney tune
Oops! gramdmom = grandmom. Get your bifocals on you old bat!
21 posted on 03/22/2004 10:26:04 AM PST by looney tune
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To: netmilsmom
My 2 1/2 year old grandson calls my husband "Dude". My sons and my husband are all die-hard surfers, so it fits.
22 posted on 03/22/2004 10:26:38 AM PST by surrey
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To: codyjacksmom
right up your alley....
23 posted on 03/22/2004 10:26:54 AM PST by dakine
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To: qam1
A woman at church (soon to be a rather young grandmother at about 45) has decided on "Your Highness" as her title. ;^)
24 posted on 03/22/2004 10:27:41 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn?t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: DameAutour
I see a big trend with the children of Boomers. Their kids don't even talk to them.
I have two sisters, both boomers (1953 & 1956) One chose a boyfriend over her children when the kids were 9 & 11. Both kids are grown with children. The boy does not see his mother at all, the girl rarely.
The other sister is a newly out of the closet lesbian, flaming liberal with Munchausen Syndrome. Two marriages, three kids. She has rarely seen her grandson and only found out about her granddaughter through the grapevine.
25 posted on 03/22/2004 10:28:23 AM PST by netmilsmom (Jonathansmommie's daughter was born 3-11-04, both home!)
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To: qam1
World's First Baby Boomer (Me -- parents married on VJ Day -- I came along 9 mos later) has his grandchildren call him "G-Pops." They seem to like it!
26 posted on 03/22/2004 10:28:46 AM PST by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket???)
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To: qam1
My aunt who is in her 80's and was told by her doctor that she needed to start using a cane... She told him in a very loud voice (I was in the lobby) in no uncertain terms that only "OLD PEOPLE" used canes and she was not old. LOL
27 posted on 03/22/2004 10:29:05 AM PST by CathyRyan
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To: OpusatFR
ROFL....Correct. Frankly, the world will be a better place when this self-absorbed generation starts dying off. (Disclaimer: I, myself, am a baby boomer, born in the early 50s...But I have never had much respect for my peers.)
28 posted on 03/22/2004 10:29:16 AM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: surrey
When our first granddaughter was born my son informed us that she would call us Mammy and Pappy. I had my doubts until I heard her excitedly call me "Pappy" for the first time. Now I wouldn't want to be called anything else.
29 posted on 03/22/2004 10:29:35 AM PST by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 May 1846)
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To: Tooters
Maybe her grandkids can call her "Tooters." ;-)
30 posted on 03/22/2004 10:29:54 AM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: netmilsmom
"Honey" is Senator Lamar Alexander's wife's given name. She is deserving of the name, too.
31 posted on 03/22/2004 10:29:54 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn?t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: dakine
I'm surprised that your eyes could even see this headline...after all, you are REALLY old...
32 posted on 03/22/2004 10:29:59 AM PST by codyjacksmom
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To: qam1
her mom, a potter who lives in Ithaca, N.Y.,

This explains a lot

33 posted on 03/22/2004 10:31:01 AM PST by apackof2 (I'm gonna live what I believe)
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To: qam1
Maybe the kids could start referring to them as "infinite drains on our income".
34 posted on 03/22/2004 10:31:40 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: My2Cents
Tooters is what my 3 y.o. daughter calls flatulence ;^)
35 posted on 03/22/2004 10:32:54 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn?t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: codyjacksmom
My seeing-eye dog is real smart..he READ it to me...
36 posted on 03/22/2004 10:33:47 AM PST by dakine
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To: My2Cents
Boomer here too.

Amazing though, during the sixties and seventies, I never knew any hippies, dippies, flakes, or protesters.

Everyone I knew worked like crazy.
37 posted on 03/22/2004 10:34:55 AM PST by OpusatFR (Sure they want to tone down the rhetoric. You are winning.)
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To: dakine
And you could hear him???
38 posted on 03/22/2004 10:34:59 AM PST by codyjacksmom
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To: qam1
I've been a grandpa for several years now. It doesn't bother me a bit.

(Well, I'm not a boomer either. LOL)

39 posted on 03/22/2004 10:35:22 AM PST by Fiddlstix (This Space Available for Rent or Lease by the Day, Week, or Month. Reasonable Rates. Inquire within.)
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To: codyjacksmom
hahaha...touche!
40 posted on 03/22/2004 10:35:57 AM PST by dakine
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To: qam1
... They weren't gray-haired old ladies sitting around in rocking chairs baking cookies."

One more thing. I thank God every day for knowing my Grandmothers (rest their souls). Both were gray and spent many hours rocking grandchildren in their rockers, and I couldn't even begin to count the cookies they must have made for their families over the years.

These women left a lasting legacy in the form of children and grandchildren who cherish their memory, and strive to emulate their selflessness and faith and compassion. It really pisses me off for shallow liberals to turn their noses up at women like my Grandmothers.

41 posted on 03/22/2004 10:36:11 AM PST by TontoKowalski
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To: Peach
The most self absorbed generation, ever. It's all about them, and not the grandkids. Remarkable!
42 posted on 03/22/2004 10:37:02 AM PST by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: qam1
They're worried about being seen as old and out of it, and still use the word "hip"? How bistro can you be?
43 posted on 03/22/2004 10:37:08 AM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: dakine
Just doing my job...
44 posted on 03/22/2004 10:37:57 AM PST by codyjacksmom
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To: netmilsmom
Ha! =)
45 posted on 03/22/2004 10:38:01 AM PST by Aggie Mama
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To: qam1
Moogie?
46 posted on 03/22/2004 10:38:05 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: qam1
Whatever happened to Mamaw and Papaw?
47 posted on 03/22/2004 10:38:54 AM PST by Junior (No animals were harmed in the making of this post)
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To: netmilsmom
All of this makes me so sad. The Bible says that in the time of the end people would be "unthankful" and "having no natural affection".

To have grey hairs is a thing of honor. To be a parent and a grandparent is one of the most wonderful things a person can experience.

48 posted on 03/22/2004 10:39:40 AM PST by DameAutour (It's not Bush, it's the Congress.)
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To: qam1
Call me whatever you want, just give me the grandkids---I'm waiting!! :)
49 posted on 03/22/2004 10:40:07 AM PST by Betteboop
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To: netmilsmom
Happiness is seeing your Mother-In-Law's
picture on a milk carton
50 posted on 03/22/2004 10:40:48 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire with meetings, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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