14 May 2015

DON'T CALL ME ZIA

When I had married Mr. G. and we went to Italy, his little niece 8 years old started to call me Zia. Zia means "aunt" in Italian. I didn't like to be called Zia and told her she could call me by my name. But there was nothing to do she just continued to call me Zia.

For a little girl she had quite a loud and stredent voice and when she called me from the balcony on the forth floor when I was getting out of the car, I always got a shock to hear her screaming "Ziiiiaaaa" !
When she came for a visit and called me in the garden or wherever outside the whole neighborhood was probably wondering whose name was Zia.

Now the little girl is in her 50th and hasn't changed a bit. She still calls me Zia, but meanwhile I am used to it !



Jenny Matlock
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21 comments:

Jo said...

Great caption with a great story! Where we live everyone calls anyone over 30 "Tannie" which is aunt in Afrikaans. I don't mind when I'm called that, but I call every single person I know by their name; even if they're 95!

Fun60 said...

I like the term 'zia' sounds more affectionate than aunty.

Mara said...

I am proud of my 'Aunt' status and actually prefer to be called Aunt Mara than just Mara by nephew and nieces. In fact the only child who calls me by my name is my goddaughter who is now 19.

Nela said...

Zia is a nice name xx

Andrew said...

While my sister's daughter calls me by name, my brother's children insist on calling me uncle. Being called uncle used to annoy me, but not so much now.

diane b said...

I like the word for Aunt. I'm glad you got used to it. Age mellows. My nephews call me by my name but they are in their 50'S.

carol l mckenna said...

Fun post for Z ~ love it!

Happy Weekend coming to you,
artmusedog and carol

Jim said...

I like your "Z" Zia post. I wish I could remember now the word for aunt. So clever that she still calls you Zia. All my nieces and nephews still call me "Uncle Jim" even though some of them are in their fifties.
(We visited Brussels last year on a day trip, had visited Bruges for a few days in 2009. Beautiful cities.)

Gillena Cox said...

have a nice Thursday

much love...

Wandering Wren said...

You found a brilliant Z... it is a cute term of endearment but I must remember not to call you Zia!
Wren x

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It does sound more like a name than a title. Our nieces and nephews all just use our names now that they are grown.

A Lady's Life said...

lol
Well that's culture for you.
She was being polite.
We also have a custom of calling older women auntie. So do the Chinese.

Grantham Lynn said...

Fun story. Great for letter Z

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I guess she's just too polite for her own good?

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I guess she's just too polite for her own good?

jeannettestgermain said...

Glad you got used to it - it's better than being annoyed! My nieces seem to avoid calling me aunt, or my name - which is fine with me:)

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I like the sound of the word -- Zia. Wasn't there an actress named Zia Pandora, something like that.
The View from the Top of the Ladder

Betty said...

It's her special name for you! I kind of like it.

edenhills said...

I have one of those names that has stuck with me since I was a small child, but at least it is one I don't mind from my close friends and family.

Sandra Black said...

My niece called me aunty Sassa when she was very young and now here 3 year old son is calling me aunty Sassa too. I love it. Makes me feel special.

pattisjarrett said...

It sounds like she was quite excited to see you.