At thirteen-thirty GMT
on December tenth
nineteen hundred and sixty-two
I stopped being Vivienne
and became Mum
and then in August nineteen ninety-three,
I changed my name again
to Grandma.
What next?

At The Poets’ Pub they are talking about who we are, and where we belong.  I am shortly to add another identity – that of Great-great-aunt!   Where I belong?  English by birth,  French resident by choice.  

PS  Great-great-nephew Steffan Isaiah is born.


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28 Responses to IDENTITY

  1. kathy reed says:

    Refreshing to read a light-hearted response to the prompt…short but oh so sweet…the date so important as it changed us forever..and so the circle goes on..


  2. colonialist says:

    Eek! Great great? That is not so great! In that it indicates a certain venerability …


  3. scotthastiepoet says:

    What next indeed Viv an interesting twist on the theme.. With Best Wishes Scott


  4. it begs the question what’s next – great great great little poem


  5. Ron. says:

    This childless old geezer insists everyone just call him Ron.


  6. Oh I LOVE this! I completely relate!!!!!!


  7. Ugh..i’ll try not to look above in the comments for the answer..but if only math would have it..with the 20 year and 5 month interval this month you might be a great grandma as we are T-minus less than 4 months from August…2014…

    Seeing so that this cannot be true..
    i suppose the great grandma title will have to come quite a bit later..:)


  8. billgncs says:

    Mum just means that we learn a deeper way to love.


  9. Linda M says:

    Wonderful! New names cheerfully accepted~


  10. I right there with you – Mom and Grandma – what could be better?


  11. I love the detail of the exact hour you gave birth…although I suspect you’d really been a mother for a number of months before that!


  12. Aah, lovely. 🙂


  13. ayala says:

    Those are the best! Can’t wait to find out about being a Grandma 🙂


  14. Mary says:

    It is nice that we have these opportunities to re-invent ourselves along the path of life, isn’t it? I enjoyed your perspective, Viv.


  15. Oh this is touching.. my sister is about that age.. love those titles…


  16. Sumana Roy says:

    ah…nice change..:D


  17. Congratulations, Viv!! What a great topic to wax poetic on…the names we carry…I see you as wise poetic elder! 🙂


  18. Susan says:

    Excellent! In my family, next is Great Grand Mother. How does that sound?


  19. kelly says:

    Ha, yes, these are identity altering names for sure, in more ways than we can count.


  20. claudia says:

    haha… you never know what life has in store next… it is an exciting journey, isn’t it…? smiles


  21. Laurie Kolp says:

    Aww… this made me smile.


  22. MarinaSofia says:

    Ah, that’s lovely! These names are powerful indeed – I look forward to at least another one of them. And maybe some day you will share your English/French mix with us too.


  23. brian miller says:

    hahaha those are new names that are gladly accepted
    for all that comes with them…smiles.

    may you live to see the next name
    & relish in it.


  24. thehutts says:

    I hope it is a few years before you become a great grandma – your eldest grandchild (my nephew) needs to see a bit of life before settling down I would say. My son, although his voice is starting to break and his feet are size 7s, is far too young. Sally


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