Terms of Endearment

Lately, my seven year old has taken to calling me Chicken Larry. I don’t know exactly what it’s all about but, depending on her mood, I will get various derivations of it. When she’s tired and crabby she calls me Chickens. When she agrees with me, she says, “Okay, Larry”. When she’s talking conversationally, she calls me Larry Chickens. Daddy, certainly…but only when she wants something!

But mostly…I guess I’m Chicken Larry now. Okay. She is Booboo, Jojo, Turkey, Sazzlefrazzle, Beautimous, Sweets and Schweetums. So, I’ll allow it. It would appear to onlookers that we really don’t know each others actual names.

My oldest, I call GG and have been forced to let go of all the other things I used to call her when she was younger. She allows me Hun occasionally…but that’s about it. Graciepie, Monkey, Goober and Apple Cheeks don’t fly no ‘mo. She is a no muss, no fuss kinda gal and just calls me Dad. As such, she is also the only woman of the womanly women persuasion on this earth allowed to call me Dude.

My *fingerscrossed* future son-in-law calls me by my name (to my face anyway), as I do him. But even that small familiarity took a while. He would never use anything but statements or questions when he addressed me. I’m glad we’ve gotten past that bump in the road.

It may have started back in the olden days when my dad would refer to all his close friends by either their last names, or their “golf” nicknames. But to me, nicknames are extremely familiar. My last name is too long to ever be greeted with it. So, I’ll get Sammy, Bud, Buddy or Brother from my male friends. And Sam from my female friends, not Sir, Mister, Son, Dude or Bro…No. Adult endearments, too, seem especially overly familiar to me, and using them much before you’ve earned that, on either side, feels presumptuous or disrespectful, depending.

My students call me Mr. C because it’s the quickest. It’s a little Happy Daysish but I’ve gotten used to it.

To other drivers, and probably some additional folks, I’m Jackass…which my youngest often relays to me when my peripheral vision fails me and I invade someone’s space in a line, or cut someone off in a turn lane. Sorry, I gotta keep my eyes forward! What can I say?

When my teenager was little and first test running her rebellious streak, she would call me Samuel with a snide tilt of her little head. It drove my mother in.sane. She never failed to correct my daughter or let me hear the end of it. Her mom and I never cared about it and, sure enough, it passed. I’m positive I’ll be called many other things in both near and far futures, but sometimes I wonder, these days, what my mom would think of her eldest son who is now called Chicken Larry.

Be well, Friends. Enjoy the weekend
Dad, Benevolent Overlord

Oh, and I Googled Chicken Larry just for funsies. This is the first pic. I gotta say, even though it makes me feel strangely uncomfortable, I see the resemblance 🤗

34 thoughts on “Terms of Endearment

  1. We are a nickname sort of family. So far my daughter allows me to use them, but only only in the house! If I called her Bunny on the street I would get that look…..

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    1. Yep…thats what I got with ol’ Apple Cheeks her first day of public high school.

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  2. 😂😂😂You’re doing great, Chicken La..um…Sam. 👏🏼🙊

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    1. 😂😂😂 I think I’m going to start introducing myself as Chicken Larry! 🐓

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      1. Big CL! Give us a cluck, Larry!

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        1. I better start working on it! I guess I have to brush up on my chicken dance, too 😂😂😂

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  3. I love nicknames especially when it’s endearing. Most of the time Tom calls me Babe and some friends call me Mare. I think I remember nicknames better than real names! I would say it’s a phase that your daughter is going through to call you Chicken Larry, much better than your real name. That drives me crazy when kids call their parents their real names! Great post!

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    1. How sweet! I like them as well when they show that level of closeness with someone. When someone doesn’t know me or I them, I’m leery to say the least! 😂😂 I know, I think about that nowadays and I feel like I would knock my little one sideways if she called me my real name like a smartypants, lol! I think I was WAY too lenient then in entirely different ways than I am now! 😂

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  4. I’m all for the cutesie nicknames! I use hunny or sweetie all the time. My kidlets get nicknames too, like hunny bunny, banana, Abbi.

    I get them too – the youngest is the most fun with them. Every day it’s something different. Lately it’s been Sabrina. Which is very weird haha. I’ve just learned to answer whenever she says a random name and is in hearing distance lol

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    1. Hunny bunny here too for sure! I’m lolling @ Sabrina 😂😂😂 That’s the definition of random!

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      1. LOL Sabrina does rhyme with my real name (if you remember what it is from the like one time I mentioned it 😂) so i get that but yes totally random! I call the youngest hunny bunny and one time I slipped up and called her old sister that and the youngest pouted for the rest of the day! Lol I had to train myself to be more careful

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        1. Oh right! Maybe they should all call you RiRi for short.

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          1. Haha! I get Tri Tri 😉 or treh-ney-ney hehe treckle is popular these days too. Oooo and “Dee-ay-mon, the ruler of the under world”

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            1. I’m laughing at ‘ney ney’ cause my kid adds that on to stuff here too. Food, shows *and* people 😂

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            2. 😂😂! Oh goodness!

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  5. If someone were to listen in on our family’s nicknames and conversations, they would probably think we all hated each other. We can come across sounding really bad if you don’t get the tone or context, but we are a family of jokesters and we all laugh at each other and try our hardest to be the most obnoxious. My kids are often “little shit” with Hubby being “big shit” and oh, so many other kinds of inappropriate things like that. Actual names are so rarely used that if you do hear your name, it probably means trouble.

    It doesn’t help that I’ve never felt like my name fit. Like I was always trying to wear someone else’s, so nicknames, as long as they aren’t actually some version of my name, work so much better for me. Yes, I’m very weird like that.

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    1. Hahah, I’m definitely guilty of “little shit” or “little asshole” when we’re joking around or my youngest does something sneaky 😂😂😂 And first and middle names *definitely* mean someone is in trouble!! Even the dogs! Who yes, have middle names, lol!

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      1. That is so our house! Except the pets and middle names. That is usually “damn cat!” when one of them tries to trip me going down the stairs.

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        1. We have Gabriel Alexander and Thorry Jones McGillicuddy 😂😂😂 Somehow so much more ‘threatening’ than shouting at them with one syllable names!

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          1. My kids are all pretty simple, but that sharp, concise bite of their names really gets their attention. But… now that I really think about it? I think the last time I ever needed to do that they were like, 5. Maybe I need to just belt out the full name sometime just for the hell of it to see how they’d react?

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            1. Yes see if they’re still paying attention 😂 Mine aren’t so I don’t bother lol! But the Dogboys stop in their tracks when I lay down their “full names”. 🐶🐶

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  6. Oh, we are AAALLLLL about the nicknames in this family! My older daughter is Monkey, my younger is Pooh B. King Ben is baby love doodoo, booboo, Mr Bootyhead, punkin… I only ever get Angie from my daughters of they’ve said mom a bunch of times without me hearing. I used to get Mother when they were teens.

    I call everyone, make & female Dude. A California thing? I’ll remember to never call you that though. I think Sam or friend works for now👍💌

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    1. Hahahah 😂 I don’t mind it as part of speech or expression cause I use it a lot, too. But when it replaces where my name should be in a cocky way, not so much! I’m laughing at “mother” because Grace used to do that to her mom. It was not recieved well!

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  7. Dude, I just love this post 😍

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  8. My husband calls NO ONE by their actual name. Not most people anyway. He is the nickname king! And mine has changed so much over the last 14 years, I honestly can’t remember everything he has called me.

    I do know that he used to work with someone named Reagan, and he couldn’t STAND HER. So when we started dating, and my daughter’s name was Reagan, he just started calling her Tater and the name has stuck. He’s never called her anything else.

    I originated with Prissy Pot which has now evolved to Tutti. When I was little, my dad would sing me that old song and call me his Little Toot Toot. I HATED IT. I made the mistake of telling my husband, hence, “Tutti”. The man has even nicknamed HIMSELF. Said his name was too girly and he should have something very regal, so he christened himself “Alabaster” or “Baster”. 🙄

    My only serious nickname, for me entire life, has been Allie. NO ONE called me Allison when I was a kid. When I went to work, I just always went by my formal name, so that how most adults know me. But some of my adult friends, or folks marrying into the family have heard my family call me Allie, so, I’ll answer to either.

    Whew, that was long. But hey, nicknames are a major thing in my life, thanks to Baster.

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    1. Was it Alleycat you said you hated? 😂😂😂 I think Tutti is hilarious. My dad has always called me SammaRoo….how’s that?! So my aunt’s family, mostly my cousin, calls me Roo. I don’t even notice it anymore!

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      1. AlleyOOP – I hate that!

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        1. Hm…No, I don’t remember that. Allister is good I think, though. Allister and Alabaster Dubya. The new neighborhood freaks.

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          1. 🤣🤣🤣 something straight out of The ‘Burbs!

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            1. “Get offa my lawn, Lamo!”

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  9. Very sweet. We do nicknames in my house. Sometimes I wonder if my husband has just forgotten my name….

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    1. He may have….might wanna check 😂😂😂 I love your name for him. The definition of an endearment!

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