I've Turned Into My Nai Nai
My Nai Nai (paternal grandma) used to keep a separate pair of slippers for each bathroom, the kitchen, and one to wear around the rest of the house. This was because she didn't want to cross-contaminate germs. Bathrooms and kitchens are especially dirty so, why would you carry those germs to your living room or bedroom? Makes sense when you think about it though, doesn't it? I used to think she was crazy, but now I'm exactly like her, and I ain't mad at about it! Maybe this is my way of keeping her close? Maybe I'm just leveling up my Asian-ness? Or maybe it's all of the above?
Do you wear slippers in your home? My problem is remembering to keep them on my feet, and then remembering where I left them 🙄
Lessons From My Nai Nai and Ama
Growing up, I had two grandmothers. My grandfather on my mother's side passed away when she was sixteen, and my grandfather on my father's side passed away when I was two. So my experience with grandparents is almost entirely only with my grandmothers. Nai Nai is my grandmother on my dad's side, and AMA is my grandma on my mom's side. Last weekend my two beautiful, strong beyond words, loving grandmothers made their final voyage and are now playing mahjong together and reunited with their husbands. I've been reflecting on their impact on my life for some time now, but even more so now as I fathom not being able to hug and kiss them again.