Daddy Forgets My Name

by Bruce Lansky
My daddy calls me sweetie pie.
He calls me honey bunny.
He also calls me poopsie,
which I think is kind of funny.

My daddy calls me sugarplum,
and also sleepyhead.
My silly dad forgets my name
when he tucks me into bed.


Text © Bruce Lansky, reprinted from My Dog Ate My Homework published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.


The Story Behind the Poem:
I used to call my daughter Hunny Bunny, Pretty Kitty, and Sweetie Peetie when I put her to bed. Many dads also use Pumpkin, Dumpling, and other words of affection. It’s always struck me as very sweet to hear a dad who may have been a Marine, a football coach, or a policeman, putting his daughter to bed with affectionate nicknames. Of course your silly dad hasn’t forgotten your name. He just wants you to know how crazy he is about you. So enjoy it whenever your dad is in a lovey dovey (there I go rhyming again) frame of mind at bedtime.

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