After a very informal survey, I discovered that very few couples of my generation have created cute little pet names for each other. Has this sweet and intimate tradition between lovers become a lost art? Is cute dead? Please please please tell me it isn't true!
Thankfully, everyone I talked with seemed to remember affectionate nicknames between grandparents or parents, aunts and uncles. Here's the brief list I collected: Bubby, Pooky, Popie, Sweet Cheeks, Schweebers, Mama Bear, Chicomambasso, and Boo.
Dear readers, in honor of Valentine's day and all things schmoopy, please share with us your own private pet name, one you've given to a lover, or one you remember hearing between friends or relatives. And long live silliness and sweetness!