Today is Cinco de Mayo and looking back seven years on this day I was bestowed the title of “Great Grandmother” a.k.a. Great Nana Banana in our family since at that time, the word “Great” was added to it. If you are laughing, wondering where in the world did I get that name; I would like to share the brief history with you.
When Desiree, my now 18 year old granddaughter was born, I had just moved to Florida and didn’t have the time or funds to visit up North. We didn’t get together until 18 or so months later. As I sat in her Dad’s kitchen, she eyed me up and down and listened to the chatter. Her older sister Laura, my first most precious Grandchild who was eight at the time said “Desiree, this is your Nana.” I replied “Yes. Nana, like Nana Banana” -she giggled. The next day at breakfast she brought me out a lovely gift she’d made – a wooden stick she’d saved from her ice pop. Attached to it was a little piece of paper she had glued on it and on the paper was a picture logo of a Chiquita Banana. From that day forward, Nana Banana became my title.
As the years passed and Laura became a teenager, she would tease me and say I resembled a teenager and so she added that to my title and it became Teenage Nana Banana. It has lived on all of these years with Marissa turning seven years old today. Last week, I’d mailed her a birthday card for her to open and in it were eight brand new $1 bills. Today she called to thank me and asked “Nana, can’t you count? I am only seven years old, not eight.” “I know Marissa, but you get one extra dollar for good luck” Her wheels turned and she gushed “Ahhhh … Thank you Great Nana Banana, I love you.”
I love you too Marissa! Happy Birthday!!
I wish we could go back there and revisit those early days all over again. There is a song that I recall called If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time by Tyrone Davis which says it very nicely.
Current Mood: Happy & Playful