“You should be saying please and thank you, yes ma’am and no sir to everyone, always, enough that it loses the rust that is so painfully audible whenever someone thinks they can just whip the terms out for a holiday. I, like many in the South, call everyone sir and ma’am regardless of familiarity, occupation, or age. I call kids sir and ma’am and it brightens their day. It brightens everyone’s day. It shows respect in this wonderfully egalitarian way that reinforces the idea that nobody is innately better or worse than anyone else, and serves as a constant reminder to act as such.”
YES, YES, YES! someone took the words straight from my mouth. i am so over people getting bent out of shape if i call them ma’am or sir and thinking it makes them sound old. i promise, it has absolutely, positively nothing to do with age and everything to do with deeming others as more important than myself.
so to further clarify: no, you are not old. yes, i am southern and respectful.