I remember calling my mother "mommy" long past the time it was probably considered normal or cool.
I was about 13.
Starting at around age 10 or 11, I avoided addressing her in front of my friends. I didn't want to hurt her feelings by stopping calling her Mommy but I wasn't ready to call her by any other name. It didn't feel natural.
Then, I turned 13. I wasn't a child any longer. I was a teenager.
Looking back I knew more about life than most children my age. Not that I was privy to all the secrets of the adult world but I watched everything and knew more than I should. I heard things and would work them out for myself. Also, when I asked a question my mom usually didn't censor herself.
Then, my Mommy became my Mother. Not Mom but Mother. Looking back I can see why I called her that.
I already have a new name, at least according to my children.
My three year old has taken to not calling me Mommy anymore. No matter how often I say mommy this and mommy that.
I am now Mama. It's Goldilock's fault and those three darn bears.
I am sure I will go by many names between now and adulthood and not all of them will be flattering but this made me just a little bit sad.
I liked Mommy.
It also meant that my daughter made the choice to call me this new name. She is starting to think for herself. Okay, let's face it she has been for awhile now but this just brought it home that there is no going back only forward.
Every time I hear Mama I think of a giant bear who growls loudly. At times, I am overly protective. What mom isn't? So maybe it is more fitting.
Now the one year old calls me this to so it seems to officially be my new name.
I am now Mama.
What did you call your mom? What do your children call you?
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