O & I are discussing how Plus should address her. I am adamant that she be called O-akka or O-chechi. But O wants to know why she can’t just be O to her little sibling.
She addresses all her older cousins by name, because they insisted she does, even though I was not too thrilled about it.
I have three older sisters, and I address the oldest (nearly 13 years my senior) as I-ka. The other 2 are just C & M (9 & 6 years older), as they thought it was not too hip to be addressed as akka. Well, these two wannabe hipsters are also responsible for the long, unusual combination of a name that I have.
I address all my older cousins as akka or anna. I love the way it sounds. Unfortunately, I am amongst the youngest of all the cousins, so don’t have anyone calling me akka.
I am trying to explain all this to O — that sometimes these titles do help in the bonding. That my bond with her I-periamma is that much more special because I address her as akka… and I know because of that she is far more forgiving and tolerant of my quirks than the others.
When I have these conversations with O, R gives me that knowing look which reads: Stop brainwashing her.
The last time he did that I snapped. Many of his younger cousins call him R-achayan, and he seems to enjoy that, and his sister is always addressed as A-chechi, so why give me these looks? I am after all allowing her to choose between chechi and akka.
I’ve got a clear 3 months to continue with my persuasion. And then another 9-10 months before Plus actually learns to say the word.
Good luck to me.