A few days ago some friends of mine were discussing “infuriating nicknames for a guy to call a girl.” I can’t come up with any “nickname” that’s ever been tacked on me that I didn’t like. I do remember this one time when a guy called me baby and I told him I liked that. He confessed that he had never called me that before because he thought it would offend me. Really? No way.
But if I give it some real though, I suppose it might be the person and the manner in which they deliver the endearment that makes all the difference.
One of my recent favorite quotes from a book is from Charles Colyott’s book Changes (The Randall Lee Mysteries #1)
“I didn’t think things would end up this way. If I had, I would never have involved you at all. And I can’t tell you that things won’t get worse before they get better. I can tell you though that the bad guys made two fatal errors last night. They killed cops and they threatened my girl.” -Randall Lee to Tracy (Kindle Locations 2515-2516). . Kindle Edition.
So coming full circle, the reason I like that line so much is Randall calling her “my girl” at the end. I just love that… and its hard to explain why. I mean, some women could probably find a lot of things wrong with it: the “my” part is too possessive, the “girl” part reflects the fact that Tracy’s a lot younger than Randall… I know ladies who would not like it if a man said that to them. But from Randall’s lips… ahhh… its perfect. Randall’s a flawed, tough-guy hero with a soft heart deep down.