Saturday, June 12, 2010

Terms of Endearment

Reflecting, it had been a pleasant day.  Exiting the office, I wished a co-worker, "Good evening" -- then stopped in my tracks at his response:  "Ma'am, good evening, ma'am."

Instinctively (foolishly), my head swivels around.  Who is he calling "ma'am"?

My bad.  Poor Henry's practically stuttering, "Miss.  I mean, good evening, miss."

Stifling the urge to giggle, I paused to consider.  Surely he's not intimidated?  By me?  A recent hire, this man - a boy really - is not yet accustomed to our "behind closed doors" informality.

On the other hand ...
Since my Southern "grands" could form a sentence, they're addressed their parents and grandparents -- all adults as "Sir" or "Ma'am."

Methinks it's touching; a lost art, if you will.  What a difference from the acquaintance who calls her parents by their first names!

'Sounds old-fashioned, but I'm still loathe to address "certain folk" by their first names -- unless invited to do so.    Don't get me wrong, I'm no "Miss Manners" .... rather, terrified of making a spectacle of myself.

Somedays it's a sticky wicket!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mevely Thanks for visiting today and as to your post on manners. Weeeeeeeel being a southern belle saying ma'am and sir is just second nature to me, but an irritating quirky of mine is when people address you as "Lady". I don't know why but I've always been rubbed wrong. NOT being referred to as a Lady but addressed as Lady instead of by my name of just by "ma'am".


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