By Vernalee
In a recent Today Show segment, 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. 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 authority was part of that respect. Alright, 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. Hopefully, they never considered a first name greeting. Call me old fashioned if you like. I call it respect!
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