Friday, March 12, 2010

Declaring War on "Ma'am"

Ladies, I'm declaring war on the word "Ma'am."

I despise this word. You might as well call me "old lady" as call me Ma'am.

I can tolerate it when the girl at the drive-thru, the one who looks about 14 years old, calls me "Ma'am," but otherwise, no thank you!!

For the first time this week, I politely asked someone to please not call me that. She was MY AGE--with two kids, just like me! Hmph.

Gals, join with me in this campaign. No more "Ma'am." We're not old yet!

(Am I alone in this? Am I crazy?)

And now, a yummy dish I made last night--homemade rigatoni mac 'n cheese with ribbons of kale:

Find the recipe (and MANY more superb food ideas) here.

And no more "Ma'am" okay? Do it for me, please.


  1. Mmmmm, the mac-n-cheese looks yummy! And I am with you on the ma'am thing!

  2. how delicious!

    Have a great Friday!

  3. Oh goodness, you are NOT alone!!! I absolutely DESPISE being called ma'am. I suppose it's supposed to be some sort of polite form of respect, but I am NOT a ma'am. I don't think I even know any ma'ams. Well, maybe one or two :)
    That mac and cheese looks YUMMY! i love kale!

  4. Sorry, not with you on this one. I started teaching in the 80s, then was a stay at home mom for 11 years. I have been back for quite a few years to full time teaching. My students and my children know to call someone Miss _____, Mr. _____, or sir or Maam. It is a sign of respect. Not nearly enough of that anymore.

  5. well, i am. i super hate being called ma'am. ♥ the dinner pic. wish i was closer so i could invite myself over for dinner :)

  6. ps. love love love the new profile pic! gorgeous!

  7. I must comment on the Ma'am reference too. I guess I'm old school too, I think it is a show of respect, but some people use the Ma'am with an attitude or a tone of voice that is NOT respectful, maybe this has given it a bad vibe. I guess whatever we are called by a stranger needs to be received gracefully, so that we can portray a loving spirit, even when we might be offended.

    By the way, have been reading your blog for over a year, due to your Dad's recommendation, and I am very near his age, so I must be a Ma'am even thought I don't feel old.

    Love your crafty ideas and projects, I've used them with my grandchildren.

    You are an encouragement to me and many others, keep up the good work.

  8. Oooo... I'm guilty of this. I say ma'am all the time.

  9. I am SO with you on the ma'am-age.. I feel like making a shirt for it. ;)