By Vernalee
In a memorable Today Show episode, there was a survey that queried if it was disrespectful to call your parents by their first names. 94% of the participants said Yes; 6% said No. I pondered that question for a moment. In our household, not only would it have been disrespectful to call my Mother or Father by their first names, I might have been backhanded. I cannot fathom the thought of speaking to my parents, now or then, by uttering a first name salutation. “Hey there Phoebe and Walter …. What’s happening?” Oh my! Out of reverence and fear, I never even considered the thought. I was taught that a child should stay in a child’s place. Dignifying your parents in speech and conduct with the upmost respect was part of that decorum. Being in their presence commanded a high sense of etiquette. Their authority was not to be questioned or challenged. Alright, I will confess. I like most kids was no angel. What I could manage to achieve behind their backs without getting caught was another thing. So much for my adolescent mischief … moving along! Passing the torch of respect, I would never permit by children to call me by my first name. Though trendy today, hopefully, they never considered a first name greeting. “Honor your Father and Mother” is not out of style. Call me old fashioned if you like. I call it respect!
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