About a week ago, I was at the open gym at the local community center with Wee One, and I heard one mom refer to her cherubic daughter as “little woman.” As in. “Come on, little woman, we’re going home.” I think that sounds cute! We call boy children “little man,” and this is just another kind of endearment.
Yet at the same time, when I actually say it or imagine myself using it with WO, it doesn’t seem right. First, it reminds me of the book and movie. Then also, it just sounds diminutive. “Let me check in with the little woman.” A chauvinistic husband may say in reference to his wife.
Patriarchy ruins everything. I don’t know if I’ll really be able to say that to my girl. But I still might try.
What terms of endearment do you like? Did you have one as a child?