Fox. Alex calls me this exclusively, to the point that Toby, when he was little, actually thought my name was. (What’s Dad’s name? ” Alex. “What’s Mom’s name?” Fox.)
A few years ago, even Alex gave me a necklace who said “Bunny” on one side and “Fox” on the other.
Seven-year-old Anton is “Tony” and “Bony” and “Car Bombonicus”. Eleven-year-old Toby is “Tubby” and “Tubalicious” and “Tubby Wubby was a Bear,” although he recently asked us to call him “Trax”.
Isn’t it amazing how many nicknames can be held? My male cousin, who is thirty years old, is still the whole family known as “Bear” and “Squirrel”.
And you want to hear a funny story? My aunt’s real name is Rachel Penelope Goddard, but for most of her life she has been known as “Lulu“Because as a child she always needed to go to the toilet (or“ loo ”) at inappropriate times, like when they were just boarding a ferry or were in the middle of a grocery store. Loo-loo = LULU!
What are your nicknames? What do you call your loved ones? I want to hear …
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