This picture was taken this past Saturday evening at my father's 70th birthday party (this post). However, today is actually the big day. Here is G-dad (pronounced Gui-dad like the French Gui) with his four doting grandchildren, my two boys and their cute cousins. This is already in a frame in our kitchen... therefore, a Tuesday's Kitchen Inspiration!
G-dad is a rather unusual name, I know. As the oldest, Sumter was the one who came up with it. (I too was the oldest grandchild, and I had the honor of "christening" my grandmother Muz... even the great-grands call her Grandmuz!) My father is also named Sumter (see this post on how we are ALL named after relatives, both dead and alive!). And his father was named Sumter. We called him "Grandaddy Sump". When my Sumter was a baby, my father wanted to carry on the "Granddaddy Sump" tradition (goodness gracious, we don't like to break with tradition in my family, do we???). Anyway, that is quite a mouthful for a toddler, and anything Sumter couldn't say, he called Ya-ya instead. So guess what Sumter called my father?
I suggested that "Granddaddy Sump" was a little more than he could handle... why don't we try "Grand-dad" and work our way towards the desired moniker? We tried it. And Sumter took one look at his grandfather and said, "G-dad". Not quite what my father was looking for... but when asked how he liked being called G-dad, my father would laugh and, with a twinkle in his eye, answer, "Well, it sure beats Ya-ya."
We think G-dad fits you perfectly and couldn't imagine any other name for you... You are the one and only. We love you G-dad!