Comments: The Story of a Lady

Jordana, this is such a fine story that confirms that children do respond to offerings of respect. It's heartbreaking to hear another 'death knell in the coffin of civilized culture', as you so aptly put it.

And so, get out the china, pour us a fine cup of tea and here's a heartfelt toast to the little ladies within your keeping.

Posted by Roberta S at November 14, 2007 01:27 PM

How sad for that child. We're raising little ladies here.

Posted by Amy at November 14, 2007 04:18 PM

I wrote a post about the forbidden term lady in January 04, because I was shocked by several incidents from college "women" to matrons. I ended the post with this anecdote:
"When I was very young (before seat belts), I leaned over the front seat of the car and asked, "Daddy, what's the difference between women and ladies?" He glanced at my mother and replied, "All females are women, but your mother..." pregnant pause, then "Your mother, she's a lady." Mom glowed. I glowed. And you can call me lady whether I'm acting like one or not."

Posted by Earth Girl at November 15, 2007 09:00 AM

Amen, sistah! What the heck is wrong with that woman? (Notice, I did NOT refer to her as a lady. ;-))

Posted by dcrmom at November 17, 2007 10:13 PM

I call the women down here ladies nearly all the time.

Let them correct me individually.

As for the father, next time let him call the girls ladies, then single out mother's little darling -- "Except for you, Joanie."

Posted by Janis Gore at November 18, 2007 04:05 PM