My name changed a couple of months after Kirsten’s cousin moved out. Her unique way of missing her little friend???! No problem! I’ll play along… I would smile and promptly answer to her requests.
But after a few days I reeeally wanted my hard-earned title back!
I asked her, “Kirsten, how about you call me Mom?” K: “Aunt Tammy.” Me: “But I reeeeally want you to call me Mom.” K: no response. Me: “Pleeeaase call me Mom?” K: “Okay. Mom.” Me: “Thank you Kirsten, that makes me so happy!”
2 minutes later…
K: “Just pretend Aunt Tammy?” And that’s where we are. Apparently I am officially and forever-more Aunt Tammy.
Update 8/18/13: A couple of months have passed and I’m happy to report the Aunt Tammy to Mom ratio is now about 20:80… that is until Trianna comes for a visit and it reverts to 80:20. Yep… she loves that girl! Wondering why Aunt Tammy is never used outside this post? Keeping it simple people… just keeping it simple.
How does your child express missing someone?