What’s in a Nickname?

The Story Behind My Nickname(s)

What's in a nickname(s) caregiver for parents.
Breakfast and Butter Smith with Mom and Dad

What’s in a nickname(s)? I have had several nicknames throughout my life. My first nickname was Pispa when I was a toddler. My maternal grandparents and family gave me that nickname which originated with my uncle (Mom’s brother).

My nickname growing up was Nita, shortened from Anita. I signed everything with Nita, and everyone at school called me Nita, and I referred to myself as Nita. I finally used my birth name after high school.

After retiring as an educator, I acquired another nickname while caring for my parents. I started the day I retired and “moved” to Texas. I flew back and forth while caring for Mom and Dad to see my husband. Upon my arrival the first night, I found a note on the stove that read, “Winnie, Welcome Home!”

What’s in a nickname(s)?

I love my parents, and caregiving has been a well-chosen second “career” with no pay. I am an unpaid family caregiver, and I had the support of my parents, an online chat, and my parent’s medical staff. If you are a caregiver or know a caregiver and need emotional support, join our chat. We are an online support group for caregivers.  Join us and chat live at 7:00pm PST. Maybe another family caregiver can offer suggestions.  We are a small group of caregivers who meet online to support each other and other caregivers.  We have caregivers in different regions of the United States and beyond.



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About desertturle

Anita Henson aka Winnie. A retired teacher, and caregiver for my loving parents, wife, and mother. Married to Greg "Tex" Henson.
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