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I told my kids when they were 18 wait until you’re 30 to get married, you have plenty of time”. They said, “what, no you’re ruining my life. We will be married with kids long before that”. That is, the girls said that but NOT my son.

They’re all soon to be 30, 32, 33 and 36;  none of them are married nor with any plans in sight. I say not a worry, some people choose never to marry and have kids and our planet is much better off for it but if you think you want me to babysit, then you better hurry up.  

I really don’t care or I do, I’m not really sure.  I hear once it happens it’s a bond and love you could never imagine;  but I don’t pine over things I don’t know about or might not ever happen, which has always served me well.  

A Quick Guide on How to Say Grandma & Grandpa in Other Languages

French: Grand-mere & Grand-pere
Italian: Nonna & Nonno
German: Oma & Opa
Spanish: Abuela & Abuelo
Polish: Babcia & Dziadek
Greek: Giagia & Pappous
Portuguese: Avo & Vovo
Irish: Miamo & Senaathair
Hungarian: Nagymama & Nagypapa
Swahali: Bibi & Babu
India: Nani, Dadi or Nana or Dadu
Danish: Mormor & Bedstefar
Japanese: O baachan & O jiichan
Russian: Babushka & Dedushka
Hawaiian: Kuku wahine or tutu
Korean: Halmeoni & Hal-abeoji
Yiddish: Buhbeh or Bubbee & Zahdeh or Zaydee

Nowadays, people make up their own names and the crazier or more endearing the better. Others wait to see what the child ends up calling them or what they can pronounce. A cousin chose to be called Babe. Everyone has a choice but I don’t want my grandkids calling me “Hey Babe” at 70 years old or however old I’ll be if I have any.

I called my one of my gramdmothers Gigi and the other Grandma. My kids call my mom Grams, Granny Goose or Goose Eggs. What am I missing?  What are you called?

And in my little world here with out any grandkids and my oldest daughter on vacation,

I am a Cat Grandma sitter.  

It’s a scratchy job I’m gonna tell you but somebody’s gotta do it. Besides, I’m known as the Cat and Dog Whisperer. I’m making progress.   

Here are my Cat Haikus:

cat bullies kitten
first born bites sibs when playing
Karma’s sweet revenge

a hiss and a spat 
all bets are off on friendship
the alpha cat wins

scratch, bite, hiss watch out
fur flies, friend or foe who knows
duke it out be done

Thanks so much for visiting today and have a great day. I hear it’s easier having cats than grandkids but I can’t attest to that, not yet anyway. My lip has healed from my first go around of things a couple months ago. See you Friday for Fri-Yay Funday. I’m not sure what’s on the horizon but it’s bound to entertain.

Meow, Woof, Ciaogotta get back to my training. Thank goodness she comes home tonight.

😹🐶😺🙀😾🐕

Cindy

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Offshorewriter
3 months ago

Lol…. Loved this post Cindy. 😄😄 You call yourself cat grandma sitter… That’s right, you gotta scratch the cat anyway until your daughter is back 🤣🤣🤣
Those cats would sure love your haiku’s if only they can read! And I sure did. 👏❤️

Offshorewriter
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗

short-prose-fiction
3 months ago

Fantastic post Cindy. You put a smile on my face.
xoxoxo

short-prose-fiction
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

🥰🥰🥰🥰🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

Ingrid
3 months ago

I lurve your cat photos and haiku 😻😻😻what better grandkids could you hope for? They’re already potty trained! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

ben Alexander
3 months ago

Cindy,

I actually have an interesting answer to your question.

I used to call my father Papa and still call my mother Mama. My grandfathers were both Dedushka, and my grandmothers were both Babushka.. All of these terms of endearment are Russian.

The diminutive of Papa is Papachka, and the diminutive of Mama is Mamachka. Russians are big on diminutives as terms of endearment.

However, in Israel, Jews tend to use the Hebrew for mother and father, which are Ima and Abba respectively. Grandmother and grandfather in Hebrew are Savta and Saba respectively.

When our daughter was born, I didn’t feel like a Papa ~ that term is too Russian for me, never having been born in, nor having grown up in Russia. Nor did I feel like an Abba ~ that term is too Israeli for me, never having grown up in Israel and being very American by temperament.

So I came up with my own version, which my daughter calls me to this day (never anything else). I am: Abba’chka, the endearing Russian version of the Hebrew word for Daddy (I don’t know of anyone else who uses this).

And ~ I think when I have grandchildren, I would like to be: Saba’chka by the same logic.

Yours,
David

Lisa Mae ❤️
3 months ago

I am Grandma, Gramma, and Nana (depending on how old the grand little is who is talking). Five so far, and one more on the way expected in August!

Lisa Mae ❤️
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

I am feeling better- still trying to shake the side effects of the antibiotics… better every day. Thanks for asking.

Nawazish
3 months ago

Nice post Cindy, the cat lady

the greatvincent
3 months ago

Well…woof woof valuable time valued.

Curt Mekemson
3 months ago

I resisted being called Grandpa. I wanted to be called Old Wolf. 🙂 That didn’t go over. So I am grandpa. Sigh. Being a cat or dog sitter is infinitely easier. And pretty darn rewarding as well. And you can be Cat Woman, Cindy! Get yourself some black tights and purr or hiss a lot depending on your mood. If you really want to go all out, get yourself a tail. Then you can twitch it. Here birdie, birdie, birdie. 🙂 –Curt

Curt Mekemson
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

Roar indeed, Cindy! My only possible response is “Meow.” 🙂

Curt Mekemson
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

Quite likely… 🙂 I expect you are tough when necessary, however.

sloppy buddhist
3 months ago

Love this Cindy 🤓 I was suppose to be called “grootje” as a bit of a Dutch family joke … but my grandson decided he liked “go go” better so that’s what I am … and I’m planning to see him at the end of March 🤗 it’s the best! Have joyful and happy day ~ hugs hedy 🤗☀️

Navin
3 months ago

Lovely pictures….enjoyed the haiku, Cat Grandma sitter 🤣✨….plus I saw Indian & danish words for grandparents….cool….Great post my dear friend, Cindy ✨

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

You’re welcome, Cindy….have a wonderful day 😊💙✨

marlene ford gf Sesse
marlene ford gf Sesse
3 months ago

Loved the pictures your daughters is certainly beautiful and her kitten looks adorable in that harness. .remarkable how you have them all together. Just a matter of time before you have them all playing with each other. I know you will not rest until you have accomplished that.ha ha
❤️💕🙏

Ladysag77
3 months ago

Awww Cindy what a genuine glimpse into your heart. No matter what, you care for and love all of God’s creatures around you whether human or animal and that is true love in its most pure form❤ I loved the addition of the different names for grandparents. Mine were Nana and Pop-Pop and Nannie. My kids call my parents Grandma and Grandpa and my ex-husband’s are Nana and Papa. The cat pictures are adorable and the poetry at the end was the gift bow to it all. Wonderfully sweet Cindy ❤
See you tonight🤗

365dniwobiektywielg
3 months ago

😻

K.L. Hale
3 months ago

This post made me smile and giggle. I love how much you wrapped up in it and the pictures and videos were pawfect. About kids and grandkids. I was actually shocked when both my sons found wives just a year or two into their AF services. I was happy. I told them to wait until after I was 50 to have children because it seemed I needed to be older and wiser (😂). I was a young Mom; had my first right out of college at 22 and teaching first year~my 2nd at 25. Dad was 8 years older and wanted to begin quicker lol. Well,…I’m tickled to be Grammy K. One is in Alaska and the other in Washington state. I’m a dog Momma and Grandma to the dogs too. I have friends who have two sons, ages 38 and 40, that are certain they will only be grandparents of pets. I’d say the cats might be easier ~but we’re just scratching the surface of the subject 🐈🤭😂 they won’t talk back but I’ve known some rough situations with kids~but seeing the love all around you, I’m sure it’s a win no matter what! ❤️💛💜

K.L. Hale
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

Thank you too, Cindy, for such sweet comments! My goal is to always stay young (and active!). If I’m going to visit my family, as military doesn’t afford them the time as I have, I have to continue to stay healthy and always be young in my heart ❤️. I have to be active Mom and Grammy. My parents, 79 and 75, chose at 50 and 54 to raise my niece with Cerebral Palsy. My oldest sister’s daughter (long story). I had volunteered to raise her although I had two young sons (one just 3 weeks older than her), a teaching career, and working on my Master’s. I’ve learned that all my experiences in my young life has proven to help me get through the tough times and near despair when health made me say goodbye to a career I had banked on (I left at 23 years but was only going to do 25 and out and then hope to work for State Park or Conservation Dept). Now, I feel I’m at this perfect age to dream and am doing what I feel is a purpose straight from my Heavenly Papa. There’s 24 years between my Mom and I and we are so close now. Life can be a wonderful joy if that’s what we choose. Even after and through all the muck! I’m glad you feel the love! You deserve it and that’s what the whole world needs more ❤️❤️❤️🥰💚

K.L. Hale
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

Happy Friday dear friend. Your words mean so much to me. Peace, love, and hugs! ❤💕🤗🤗

K.L. Hale
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

awww thank you, Cindy!!! ❤

Don't Lose Hope
3 months ago

A very cute post. There definitely seems to be a move towards marrying later these days, or not marrying at all. But, hey, who needs grandkids when you can have cats 🙂

Tangie
3 months ago

I am MaMa to our four year old granddaughter. Have a great day/night and remain safe.

seankfletcher
3 months ago

Well, our eldest boy became a father at 16, so Grandpa (or Grump pa as I am called) and Grandma it is! We went to a psychic dinner recently (a very good fun thing to do) and our daughter was told she was going to have four children – we laughed at the terrified look on her face as she recounted her reading 😂 The cat haikus sound just like our two cats who are brother and sister.

seankfletcher
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

Actually, Cindy – one set of twins 😂We laughed even more – time will tell.

akshita1776
3 months ago

The cats would love your haikus if they could read. Enjoyed reading this!

Lolsy's Library
3 months ago

I have said to my mum, if she annoys me if/while I’m pregnant. Her name will be Grandmama =D lol

Valerie Cullers
3 months ago

Good job and cute photos!

Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
3 months ago

Wonderful post, Cindy! Cute pets! Your narrative is hilarious. Don’t worry about becoming a grandma. My mother-in-law was anxious to have grandchildren and all three of her children had children when they were close to forty. I have three children but don’t expect to ever have any grandchildren. Robert has twin grandsons living in Memphis. Wish we got to see them more often. We told them not to visit during covid19. Hope we can get together soon! have a great day!

michnavs
3 months ago

First of all…i love you haikus…and second, wow you have really grown up kids…yay congrats for raising excellent children Cindy❤❤💕💕💕

michnavs
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

🥰🥰😍😍

Queenmoniqueayannavannscott
Reply to  michnavs
3 months ago

Hello

Shreya Sharma
3 months ago

A cute blog post to pass by. Lovely 💚🧡

A Star on the Forehead
3 months ago

Awesome post as usual Cindy!
Growing up I didn’t have a lot contact with my grandparents as the surviving ones lived far.
My parents have no grandkids. Her 3 kids never had any kids. They never said anything. Actually, my mom always said that she would not be a babysitter. She got her wish lol
In Brazilian Portuguese, the words are the same, except for the accent that determines the pronunciation:
Grandmother, grandma: avó, vó, vovó (open sound, as Oscar)
Grandfather, grandpa: avô, vô, vovô (close sound, as in open)
The cats Haiku were great, but I need some dog Haikus 🙂
Blessings to you! ♥♥

Jeff Flesch
3 months ago

Lovely post, Cindy! And, the cat haikus are awesome. ❤❤😊😊

Jeff Flesch
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

Welcome, Cindy! Yes, I did, indeed! ❤️❤️🤗🤗

The Inquisitive Inkpot
3 months ago

This made me smile. I’m not yet 30, but I have a few friends who are, and those that are single are increasingly frustrated by that fact. Even so, they have lived very meaningful lives and have invested in people in ways they might not have if they had their own families by now. And for that, I am very grateful. 🙂

Halbarbera
3 months ago

Had a Nonna who was an old-world Sicilian white witch. Better to have a kitty that meows than a curse spreading *€@&h!

Jonathan Caswell
3 months ago

Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
meee-yow! 😀

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

purr, purr, purr…:D

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

😀

rosidabegum
3 months ago

Aww.. your every post brings joy and uniqueness. My kids are too small to imagine myself as Grand….ma but I miss my Nani❤ the kindest person I have ever met. She lived for 102yrs.
BTW Cat Grandma sitter is awesome 🤩😍 your cats are fortunate to have you😇

rosidabegum
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

❤❤

Goff James
3 months ago

Great post – purr-fect (haiku)!

Goff James
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

Have a great weekend.

M Jay Dixit
3 months ago

In India, it’s Naani for grandmas (mom’s mother, mom’s mother’s sister etc..) on mothers’ side and Daadi is for fathers’ side.

My naani is the only one who’s still alive, she’s very sweet and fun 🙂

Loved your post, Cindy! Taking care of cats is sure a big responsiblity, “cat grandma sitter” is an awesome title😂 and I’m glad that your lip is healed.
Nice haiku too, I liked the “bullied kitten” one the most! It’s so cute and true too haha
Take care ♥️🤗

Samreen Asad
3 months ago

Such an adorable post Cindy, you brought a smile to my face and my son is super happy to watch the video of your cats and dog, 😍 He is still saying, ‘mama take it’ 😂 Loved your Haikus ❤️❤️❤️ 🤗🤗🤗

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

Yeah dear, he looove cats as much as I hate them 😅 Am sure I won’t 😄🤣 But yeah you never know 😀
I so did ❤️ you are a 👸 😍 🤗🤗😘😘

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

Hahaha😀🤣🤣🤣 Oh he would be so happy for Aunt Cindy on his side😀❤️😅 I will surely buy him a battery operated cat🐱

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

For sure, he will love you 😍😀😘 Aww thank you dear, back at you from him🤗🤗🤗😘♥️❤️❤️❤️

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

Aww Cindy, Aunt Cindy is no way less😍😀🥰💖

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

🥰❤️💖✨💕😘

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

💕🌺🦋🥰💖❤️🤗😘

Kumar Harsh
3 months ago

I can imagine your situation. 😅

Prior...
3 months ago

☀️😊🐾🐾

Jennasimpson
3 months ago

It makes me happy that there are people who don’t try and push their kids to have kids! You keep spoiling those grand kittys!

Jennasimpson
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

You’re welcome! ❤️ thank you for the follow!

Loba's blog
3 months ago

But God said every human has to get married

Loba's blog
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

Your welcome

Loba's blog
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

You too!

Loba's blog
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

No thank you!

Loba's blog
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

XD 👩‍❤️‍👩✍💗💙💛💜💘❤💖💝💞💌💟 👑💍

Lisa at Micro of the Macro
3 months ago

Cindy, I cannot imagine why you wouldn’t want grandkids calling you Babe! (OMG that sounds so inappropriate!) We called my gram MawMaw. It’s Cajun, I learned in recent years. I love the cat shots & clip! We need to get one! As for your older unmarried kids, at least they’re not living at home! Have a great week! 😘🌞🌻

Introverted Thoughts
3 months ago

” cat bullies kitten
first born bites sibs when playing
Karma’s sweet revenge”

Haha, we have kittens and their elder siblings and this is so true😂💕 Lovely poem, Cindy!!

Kally
3 months ago

Love the cat photos!!! I’m sure you are a secret cat lover deep down inside.

kinge
3 months ago

Hope they give you a chance to baby sit soon🙂. In Swahili, grandpa and grandma is: babu and nyanya

kinge
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
3 months ago

Now that is picture perfect 😀. It will happen in perfect timing.🤗 Glad to be here

PoojaG
3 months ago

Aww loved the pets- that’s pretty much all my parents are getting from my sister and I when it comes to grandkids too lol!

Shruba
3 months ago

Aaaa catto. Purrfect. 🤩🙈

Sahil Khan
3 months ago

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