Most parents remember the first time their child said Ma-Ma or Da-Da. Sometimes it’s the baby’s first word. My 5-year-old’s first word was Ki-Ki, for kitty. Seeing how the cat was about her size then, it’s no wonder it held such interest.
Ma-Ma came later, along with Bob Bob (Sponge Bob) and Gam-ma (Grandma).
But I had another proud moment this week when she drew me a picture and wrote MOM on it. She can spell! She can write! She writes my name!!! (Last week she wrote CAT, but I’m overlooking it.)
It really brought home the point that she’s growing up and no longer my baby.
Hopefully, she’s less prone to peer influence than her mom. In second grade, I was once writing out my spelling words when the little boy sitting next to me showed me how to write a few naughty words I’d never dare say out loud. I meant to scribble them out before turning my paper in, but somehow forgot …. and the rest in detailed in my school discipline report.
But M-O-M is a great word to know. Even better than C-A-T.