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Re: Endearing Mama Terms
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"Home" for me has always been Memphis, Tennessee, but I grew up a military brat. I remember being "home" one summer when I was about 8. I got into a conversation with a little boy who started talking about his "MaDear." Not knowing any better, I told him, "Hey, your grandmother and my grandmother have the same first name!" Yep, I thought my grandmother's name was MaDear Johnson, because that's all I ever heard anyone call her.
As far as distinctions are concerned, I asked my mother recently why they called her grandmother (my great-grand) "Big Mama." She was such a little woman, the title didn't seem to fit. Of course, my mother explained (I should have known this) that the title "Big Mama" was just a way of distinguishing her grandmother from her birth mother or Mama.
I know in the South some white folks refer to their grandmothers/mothers as "MeMaw."
When I was expecting, my own mother quickly let me know that she wasn't about to be called grandmama, madear, big mama or anything of the like. (It made her feel old) The term she prefers is "Nana."