I had to wait a while to hear that one. And i'm not alone in that. Some of my peers still haven't heard it.
I waited to have a kid. And it turned out that kid has Autism. And while he is talking now, it took time, and work, and chocolate to make it happen.
And its not to say i hear "mama" all the time. It's still more of a label than an address. "that's mama's drink" or "mama's in the kitchen" but occasionally i get "mama, i need help!" (his favorite phrase lately--and btw, he usually doesn't need help, he just wants someone to do something for him)
But if you had asked me 10 years ago, i would have told you that i never planned or wanted to hear it. I was gonna be this snarky old lady with a bunch of dogs and a bad attitude yellin' at kids to get off my lawn.
But i wasn't married to that idea--just figured nothing else was really possible.
And now im in charge of an Old Man, a dog and a kid and a daily load of laundry. And while i may bitch about it, it ain't so bad. Especially when a certain little hand reaches for mine, or demands "family hugs!" It's not such a bad label--mama. At least until he learns to whine it.
and i've still got time to yell at kids, even if i don't have a lawn...