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Bestselling Author Patti Callahan Reflects On Why She Chose Her 'Grandma Name.'

Do You Have Your 'Grandma Name' Picked Out? Bestselling Author Patti Callahan Reflects on Why She Chose Hers

PARADE: JULY 21, 2021 – 10:08 AM ESSAY

Welcome to the first post of our brand-new Parade.com weekly essay series in partnership with Friends & Fiction, an online community hosted by bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Monroe. Every Wednesday, you’ll get a new life lessons essay from one of the writers, as well as the chance to discuss the themes of it later that night on Facebook Live!

Today, author Patti Callahan Henry opens up about finding the grandma name she wanted her grandchildren to call her. Be sure to check back each week for a new essay right here on Parade.com.

I was standing in my home office three years ago, the aroma of damp dog in the air as my adorable Spring Spaniel Winnie ran in from the rain, when my 26 year old daughter called, her question halting my whirling thoughts as she asked, “Is Dad home to get on the phone, too?” “Nope,” I told her. And then it hit me. She wanted us both on the phone. She had something tell us. “Wait, are you pregnant?” I asked.

She laughed. “How’d you know?”

And then, she asked another question, one that would stop me in m