I read a little blog today that examined the use of the words Mommy, Mom, Ma and Mother. With the advent of yet another “Mother’s” Day, I thought this was a pretty intriguing subject for discussion. Do we automatically infantilize ourselves by holding on to the moniker we used for our mothers when we were young as in: “Mother, what did you do with my notebook?” Or “Mommy, thanks for the beautiful birthday card.” Is our choice dictated more by what we were trained to say as little kids, or did it evolve and find its final home with what felt most affectionate, or respectful? I for one have always used the term”mommy” as did my sister. It’s just the way it always was and remains so even though she died a number of years ago. My brother however has always referred to her as MOM. Maybe it’s a male thing. I can’t think of any male ever who called their mom “mommy”. My daughter only calls me “mother” when she’s kidding with me..otherwise its mommy all the way. And I love it. After all, all those “m’s” are some of the first and easiest sounds many humans make as infants. There’s also a humming element which is really soothing with a lovely vibration. So all in all, no matter what you call your mother…CALL YOUR MOTHER!