This post isn’t actually about my wife. It’s about how I address her.
Neither of us are much into the “pet names” thing. I normally address her as “Danika”. The closest thing to having a “pet name” for her is when I call her “my wife” as in:
“Where’s my wife at?”
What’s interesting is how I annunciate that phrase. I tend to drawl it and pronounce “my wife” as “Miiii Whyyyyfe” (with the heavy emphasis on “I” and “Y”).
Where does that come from? I figured it out and it predates my relationship with her by a lot.
One of my favorite albums from my teenage years was Johnny Cash’s “Live at Folsom”. I listened to that album quite a bit and became hip to his vocal mannerisms. Through the magic of YouTube, I can share how he introduced his wife June to the prisoners:
Johnny’s vocal tic embedded itself deep into my subconscious for 15+ years before emerging into my everyday phraseology.
I’m sure I’m living with many other examples of this.