The moniker stuck for the longest time and others picked it up, too. We've not used it for years, having come up with other, more sing-song and humorous nicknames for the lovely child. I think of her as my Girlie, still, and now I need to say that my Girlie is quite the gutsy gal.
I happened to be
After school, she skipped up to me, all happy as could be, as she'd slipped him said note and he had responded, putting her mind at ease. [My mind, too, thanks!]
She's one gutsy Girlie, that nine-year-old girl of ours.
That lovely boy? He crossed out "crush" and wrote in "best friend in the world."