Tuesday, October 20, 2009


The first time it happened I didn't think anything of it. I was at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, NJ for Jason's graduation from basic training.

"Good morning, Ma'am," a recruit said to me as he held the door open for me.

"Ma'am?" I initially thought to myself. "Am I old enough to be called ma'am?"

I shrugged it off because of where I was and what was expected of the recruits. It was the military, after all. If he did not call me ma'am and someone overheard that, he probably would have been doing pushups all night.

Fast forward to this morning. One of our maintenance guys was in our apartment to finish fixing our shower that they had started fixing yesterday. I was in the kitchen getting lunch ready to bring to school when I heard him packing up. As he walked past me, I heard those words again ...

"Good day, ma'am."

Question ...


  1. I know it is crazy. One thing about the South is that once your 18 your old enough to be called ma'am. UGGG

  2. I'm 41 years old, honey; and I still haven't gotten used to being called "ma'am." But, I have adopted use of the word "honey" nicely, haven't I?

  3. I think once you're married, people are allowed to call you ma'am, ma'am.

  4. When I moved to the south (and I was younger than you are) I learned the joy of having a student say, "Yes ma'am"....with attitude....bad attitude. :)

  5. I started getting ma'amed when I was 23. I still don't like it much.


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