What’s in a Name?August 3, 2007
Before I started calling him ‘Daddy’ for Fa’s sake, I had many nicknames for The Pro.
I only call him by his given name when I am mad or upset. We never use each other’s real names. Even for Fa. I love nicknames. They are a sign of affection and love and I always felt when someone called me by my real name…it wasn’t right. The people closest to me always had a nickname for me.
When we first started dating I called him “Boyfriend”. And other names like “Lipper”, “Bear” and “Mista”. You know, cutesy and cuddly names.
That lasted a long long time…Then, we got married and our relationship changed so I started calling him “Husband”.
But that was kind of hard to say all the time. I started calling him “Dog”. I know. I can’t even explain why. I think it was just something ‘gangsta’ and ‘hip’ and I started using it as a joke and it stuck.
Then, we began thinking about a kid and I started calling him “Papa Bear”. But that seemed unfit since we didn’t have the kid yet and I didn’t feel right. So “Dog” stayed around for a while longer.
When Fa came along, she started calling my dad ‘Papa’ so I couldn’t use it for The Pro too.
Fa and I both started calling him “Daddy”. I like it. He’s a wonderful daddy and it is an honor to give him that title. He’s a special one.
Once in a while I’ll call him “Babe” and Fa gets a kick outta that because she knows what a “baby” is and wonders why I say that to her Daddy. Then, every so often, I’ll call her “Babe” and she giggles because I called her “Daddy’s name”.
Today, we are married six years. And all of those names still suit The Pro perfectly. I wouldn’t change his name(s) or his heart for anything in the world. I am honored to call him my husband and today I call him ‘my heart’. Because he is forever embedded into it.
Happy Anniversary Babe, Dog, Husband, Daddy, Lipper, Bear.
I love you.