Taking The Mrs. Out Of Mom


Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 12.56.26 PMIn the last 24 hours, two people have referred to me as Mrs. Coppa. I immediately thought of my mom, Jackie, pictured here with JD and me.

Yesterday, our local librarian responded to an email I sent her about a summer reading program for JD. I signed the email simply, Best, Christine Coppa.

She wrote back, “Dear Mrs. Coppa,” and told me about an awesome free reading program for JD. I responded to the email with a thank you and said I would stop in and sign up—and again, Best, Christine Coppa.

It didn’t bother me she called me Mrs. Coppa. She was being respectful using the honorific, even if it was the wrong one. Little things like this don’t much bother me these days.

Today, my cell phone rang displaying our family dentist’s name and number. I answered the phone …

“Hello, Mrs. Coppa?” the woman asked. I just said, “Yes, this is Christine.” She was calling to reschedule JD’s upcoming dental exam. So I rescheduled, then said thanks and bye in my normal perky tone.

I didn’t correct either woman, but I can’t help but wonder if this is the majority vote. Does a mother have to be a Mrs.?

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PS: The split into Mrs. for married women from Ms. and Miss began during the 17th century. —Wikipedia 


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