For years the family has marveled at the multitude of nicknames we have had for each other. Inevitably the nicknames would be credited to Mom and Dad. I won’t go into any of the names we had for each other, because I don’t want to embarrass anyone. After all, you probably know as many embarrassing facts about me as I about you. The threat of mutual embarrassment is an excellent deterrent.
I want to share one set of nicknames for Mom and Dad. I found this particular nickname in the letters they sent to each other when Dad was working out of town on the railroad. Dad was stuck in Ogden, Utah or Idaho Falls, Idaho. Mom was living in Nampa.
I don’t know where it comes from. I had never run across this before. Mom and Dad called each other “chicken.” A letter from Dad in July of 1953 starts off with the greeting, “Dear Janie, Hi Chicken.” In a letter dated a few weeks later, in the body of the letter Mom writes, “I miss you so much chicken.”
I am not exactly sure what this says about Mom and Dad. But, I thought it was interesting.