How the children address me and their dad, depends entirely on their mood.
If it is urgent, they call me "MAAAAA..." .
If they are with their friends (and they always talk in a Brit accent if they are) then it is "Mum" ( with stress on the right syllables the way a native English speaker would say it)
If they are feeling very affectionate, it is "Mommini", a word they made up.
They even call me "Cutie-pie Mommy" :) Sometimes even "cutie."
It's the same for their dad. They call him "Pa" or "Papa" or even "Poppet" or "Poppy" and sometimes even "poppy doopy doo" :-)
One of the things their dad does particulary well with them is baking a cake. (Yeah, he bakes and he bakes well) They love helping him to bake while I watch them, the two little helpers scampering about, carrying out the instructions of the Master Chef. :-)
The other day , for a change, I baked a lovely chocolate cake for them, instead of them doing it with their dad. The kids (my 12 year old son and 9 year old daughter) loved it and said (as usual) that I am the best mummy in the world. I revelled in the adulation.
A few days later when I went to my daughter's room, I discovered a 'certificate' that she had made which was hidden under a pack of crayons. The crayons were covering the middle part of the certificate. I saw the title and I saw P------- Shenoy and I presumed she had made a certificate for me.
"Thaaaank you Purvi. This is so sweet of you ", I called out.
She looked puzzled for a few seconds. then she said sheepishly "Oh Mummy.Please don't feel bad that I made only for papa and I didn't write your name. I will add it now."
That was when I noticed that the certificate had been made out for "Poppet Shenoy" and not Preeti Shenoy :-) My daughter quickly made amends, by grabbing the nearest pen and adding my name as well.
Over the years, I have collected several academic degree certificates (including an all India first rank) and several certificates in Sports (at National level) and extra curricular activities too.
But honestly nothing beats this one that I got.
You really have to earn this certificate and no amount of studying or practice can get you this one. It is truly priceless and I so cherish it. :-) Isn't this the best certificate in the world? :-)