Tuesday, August 5, 2008

What's in a Name?

My 3-yr-old daughter, Grace, has started to experiment with calling my husband and me by our first names. She shocked me this afternoon by casually walking up to me in the kitchen and saying, "Hey, Joanna, can I have more juice please?" I was speechless for a second, then calmly told her that she was to call me "Mama." She said, "But your name is Joanna!" How can I argue with that? We talked for a while about how God commands children to honor their parents and part of the way she shows respect is by calling us "Mama" and "Daddy".

The other day my husband accidently dropped a drink on the floor. Grace popped her hand on her hip and said, "Uugh, Todd!" That was a big lesson in humility to me. She copies everything we do and say!

For the time being, we are calling each other "Mama" and "Daddy" in her presence (and carefully monitoring our tone of voice!).


Mrs. Sprinkles said...

Oh. My. Goodness! Brad hasn't figured that out yet, but it can't be long. Sounds like you're handling it just right.

Robin said...

Too cute! Love the blog and glad you're doing one! It's easier to get a really good story on your family in with a blog than on Facebook - love it! "ugh, Todd" I can totally hear you both saying that!

jennifer said...

Same for me- it was cute when Connor (now 6) imitated Dad but when Anna (3 in oct) imitated me I hated it!! :)- love the blogs!