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Monday, May 27, 2019



We enter the Wayback machine and return to May 2014 for this classic post.

When Spencer, my youngest, was 3, his older brother, Matt, was 25.  There was also an older sister and his oldest brother, but they had been driven off by their evil step mother.  Anyway, Matt remained in Spencer’s life and they were best buddies.

For some strange reason, Spencer could not say "Matt."  When he talked to his brother he called him Mo.  It was cute, but still Matt tried to teach him how to say his name correctly.

“Spencer, what is my name?”


“No, it’s Matt.”


“What do you use to hit a baseball?”

“A bat.”

“What do you wear on your head?”


“What animal goes meow?”


“What is my name?”


At some point we all got used to his calling Matt, Mo.  We decided it was cute.  Sometimes we all called Matt, Mo.  It is kind of nice for a baby brother to have a special name for his big brother.  It would be something special they would always have and everyone agreed that Spencer would always call his big brother Mo. 

The next day after everyone decided that Spencer’s name for Matt would always be Mo, he started calling him Matt.

“Spencer, what is my name.”


“I thought it was Mo.”

“No, Matt.”

“Yeah, but you can call me Mo.”


From then on it has always been Matt.

Mo was no mo.
I sort of wish it had stuck.


  1. Heeheehee! Kids get the darnedest ideas, don't they? Then they change their minds.

  2. I love nicknames and all of my kids have them..much to their dismay. Jack is Goob..Craig is Egg...Phil is Pip..Jordan is Gord. There's even a few more that pop out every so often. On my blog and to my Grand kiddos I'm work I'm Starko. Even you have a few....Cranky..Jerk..and probably more but anyway you shake it the names make us smile!

  3. We were "gawpee" to our first gr-daughter. Both of us, gawpee. Darn cute. I miss it too.

  4. That's a bit odd how suddenly he could say Matt, I suspect he could say it all along but liked being different, so when everyone else also said Mo, he changed to Matt. My kids don't have nicknames, unless you count the youngest often being called The Boy, because he is the baby. He is 38, while the others are all in their 40s.

  5. It wasn't special if everyone used Mo, so it wasn't just their thing any more. My nephew called my mom "Grandma Toot." Nobody knows why. Including him.

  6. Handsome young man Matt (Mo) is. Glad that they are so close and the age difference didn't deter in them having a relationship with each other including Spencer's pet name for Matt for that brief period of time.


  7. "Jack."

    "No, Joe."


    "Oh, never mind."

  8. Hahahahaha. That's so sweet!!! It's a good thing Mo didn't stick because then you would've had to use Larry, Curly and Shemp! :D

  9. Nicknames are what we used to call friendship tags. I never had one and used to plague friends to let me copy theirs!!!

  10. My youngest could not say his older sisters' names until he was about 4 years old. To this day, we will sometimes revert to calling them 'Daween' and 'Wawa.'

  11. That was funny how Mo stuck till it was no longer just his to use. What a handsome young man Mo is.

  12. Bwahahahahahahahaha. It's the way of kids. They do exactly the opposite of what you want them to do.

    I linked this post to Happy Tuesday.

    Have a fabulous day, Joe. ♪♫♪♫

  13. Wonderful story, JoeH. God bless you and your family.

  14. This is funny. Wonder what made that happen?

  15. We were never allowed nicknames at out house. "I gave you that name for a reason" was the general reply. LOL

  16. I think Mo would be a cool name. This post made me smile.

  17. haha how can someone get into little heads and know what they are thinking dear Joe!

    I Loved the Mo ,Cool name for elder brother :)

    when i was young back in village i was so irritated with surgery of my name by my aunts who used to reshape my name with their own strategies
    my name is Shabana
    and each of them would call with her own choice ,like
    for my parent it was Shano and it still echoes in my head !
    actual names existed only in papers

  18. I agree, "Mo" sounds kinda cool.


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