Almost a Doe

We have a term of endearment, unique to our family, that’s somewhat hard to explain, mostly because there’s no real explanation for it;  it just started in the mind and heart of a 1yo little girl, one whose thoughts and feelings aren’t usually based soundly in the realm of reason.

It started with “Daddy-Doe.”

For reasons unbeknownst to us, that’s what Audrey started calling my husband.  Soon, it extended to myself, “Mommy-Doe,” then her brothers “Eetan-E-Doe” (Ethan), “Gwanty-Doe” or “G-ray-Doe” (Grant) and “Wessy-Doe” or “Wess-uh-LEE-Doe” (Wesley).  No one else is a “Doe.”  Well, occasionally, our dog becomes “Tally-Doe,” but apparently Audrey, who is now 2.5 years old, is aware that there’s just no one else, beyond immediate family, who merits Doedom.

When I first brought Fiala home from the hospital, it struck me how much our family uses the Doe suffix when speaking to/of each other.  We say it all the time.  Fiala naturally became “Fiala-Doe” to me.  And “Sweetie-Doe” and “Baby-Doe,” etc.

So, I asked Audrey, who simply calls her new sister “Baby Fiala,” if Fiala was a Doe.  Audrey looked startled, then proclaimed, “No.  She’s not a Doe.  She’s just Baby Fiala.”

Fiala is 19 days old now…  Every few days, I check in with Audrey to see if Fiala has achieved Doe status.  No go.  Or, no Doe.  However, she does appear to be softening her stance somewhat.  Around the time when Fiala turned two weeks, after I inquired about the Doe-ness of Fiala, Audrey screwed up her face with great thoughtful concentration, and said, “She’s ALmost a Doe.”

Almost a Doe.

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About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on November 10, 2008, in Family, The Dear Hubby, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. That is sweet. Kids are just so cute!!

  2. Love it!

    I finally did your 7 random things Meme… Lol. A little delayed!

    Cheers!
    Jamie

  3. Unbelievably, I got so wrapped up in a variety of things, I forgot to stop in and say congratulations! Still, nice to see that things are going well and that (so far) your brood seems to be adjusting to their new sibling…

  4. That is most definitely precious. 🙂

  5. That hits about the 120% mark on the “cute” meter.

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