I had never really thought about it before but all those maternal words we use all start with the letter M. Mother sounds a little formal, but that is what I always called my Mother. I don’t know why. That is just what she taught us to call her. I certainly didn’t call my father “Father”. He was “Daddy”! After all, I am a southern girl!
Even though Mother sounds formal, when I was growing up, in our house, it was an affectionate nomenclature. My boys have always called me Mom except when they were tiny tots, first calling me Mama, then Mommy.
I never type the word Mother without thinking back to elementary school and learning the rules of grammar. When you use the word “mother” in place of a name, you capitalize it, such as “I went to see Mother today,” but if you say, “I went to see my mother today,” it is not necessary to capitalize the word mother.
I break this rule consistently. I cannot type the word Mother or Daddy without capitalizing them, especially if I am saying MY Mother or MY Daddy. I feel the same way about the word Bible!
Oh, well, that’s just one of my many quirks.
Second and third words starting with M that make me smile: Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes! Mmmm, comfort food! I think back to my Mother’s meatloaf and mashed potatoes, and I can still see that old black pan that she baked the meatloaf in. I can see her Revere Ware copper-bottomed cooker full of fluffy mashed potatoes (made with Carnation milk and real butter) and that wooden-handled potato masher that I have licked so many times.
I need to add one more word to my happy M words: Macaroni & cheese. My Mother always made me Macaroni & cheese when I was sick….oh, the Memories! Hey, that’s another good M word!
I gotta go, friends, I have absolutely made myself hungry. Think maybe I might cook up something good….Nah! But I think there’s a big ole bag of M & M’s in my pantry calling my name!
Later, friends! Thanks for reading!