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I hope she still calls me mama

10/01/2013 - 18 comments

“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"

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  • Reply Paulina Rapavi 12/03/2013 at 5:00 pm

    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.

  • Reply Alison 10/14/2013 at 1:04 pm

    She may call you mama forever you know. I call my mother Mommy still.

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 10/14/2013 at 1:59 pm

      Awwww I hope so!

    • Reply Brittany 10/25/2013 at 9:07 am

      Same… 22 and she’ll always be Mommy. Except, I do call her “Mother” when she’s getting on my nerves. ;)

  • Reply Paula @ Frosted Fingers 10/09/2013 at 11:37 am

    You could always have another to replace her :P

    Thanks for making a pregnant mama cry

  • Reply Audrey at Barking Mad! 10/07/2013 at 11:33 am

    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!

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 10/07/2013 at 12:59 pm

      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.

  • Reply Kimberly Henderson 10/02/2013 at 12:11 pm

    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!…

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 10/02/2013 at 4:06 pm

      I know! I never would have thought such a little thing could have such an effect on my heart!

      Thanks Kimberly!

  • Reply pam 10/02/2013 at 8:30 am

    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.

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 10/02/2013 at 9:45 am

      That’s a good point, I will absolutely cherish “mom” just as much, but there is something about the way she says “mama” that melts my heart.

  • Reply Sara Phillips 10/02/2013 at 6:47 am

    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! ;)

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 10/02/2013 at 9:46 am

      Jake called me “mommy” yesterday and I stopped and asked him if I heard him right. He wanted more time on the computer and was buttering me up. He knows how to manipulate me LOL

  • Reply Robin (Masshole Mommy) 10/01/2013 at 1:30 pm

    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.

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 10/01/2013 at 2:39 pm

      Sometimes i ignore my son when he calls me “mom” to see if he will give in and say “mommy”. No.