I hope she still calls me mama

“Maaamaaa, I need you” she yelled, her voice muffled by the rushing of the running water in my shower.

The sound of her voice hung in the air like fog.

I breathed it in.


How much longer do I have as this superhero known as “mama?”

One day, much like her brother before her, my secret identity will be revealed to her. No more will I be able to cure all of her boo-boos with a single kiss. No more will I be able to cure all of life’s woes with a simple silly face.

I see it in her eyes sometimes. She knows more than me, or so she thinks.

When by the natural course of things, the time comes for my secret identity to be revealed, I hope that small reminder of innocence will remain.

Trapped in both of our hearts.

My daughter calls me mama.

But “mom” is right around the corner.


Which is code for “I think I am no longer a baby and I’m too cool for you.”

When she turns six years old.

I hope she still calls me mama.

When she starts third grade;

When she has her first crush;

When she has her first heartbreak;

When she graduates from high school;

When she gets her first job;

When she has children of her own;

I hope she still calls me mama.

No matter what life throws at her,

I hope she still calls me mama.

I hope she still calls me "mama"


  1. Paulina Rapavi says

    I’m about to turn 18 and I still call my mom momma, mommy, and a slew of other nicknames that I’ve had since I was 5. I don’t think I will ever call her Mom.

  2. says

    This actually made me tear up. Gaby’s definitely at the “Mom” phase. She is also working on perfecting the eye-roll that goes with “MOTHER!” if I do something that embarrasses or annoys her, which seems to be fairly often.

    I miss “mommy” I really do. My oldest daughter (23), because she knows it irks me, loves to call me “Ma” in public. Makes me feel like Caroline Ingalls!

    • says

      Oh my gosh, “ma” LOL

      Abby has started telling me things like she is a teenager. She gets all hands on hips and all “I know it all’ attitude. And then when she stops talking she just stares at me with this glare of a 16 year old trapped in a little tiny body.

      I can’t embarrass her yet but it’s coming.

  3. Kimberly Henderson says

    I have become a level 10 wuss since becoming a mom—this post made me tear up. My 8 year old still calls me mommy and mama and I hope she always will. My goodness, it is the greatest sound from the greatest love you could ever know, isn’t it? I just love your posts!…

  4. says

    May you cherish ‘Mom’ just as much… but I called mine ‘Mama’ til the day she left this earth. Maybe it’s a southern thing, [or an old thing] but a lot of us did.

  5. says

    I have always been ‘Mom’ … but I so love to hear those sweet voices say it!

    PS: My sister STILL calls our mom “mama” … and she is 30! So there is hope! ;)

  6. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    Sigh. Every now and then my 9 year old will refer to me as “mommy” and my heart melts when he does it. It’s very rare & usually only happens when he REALLY needs me or is sick, but I’ll take it. My little one still calls me mommy regularly and I am going to cherish it as long as he still does it.

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