I have a new neighbor.
Actually they live a couple of doors down.
I don't really know too much about the family. But this much I do know:
They have a little boy who is in kindergarten (although a different class than Big Sis). They also have a 3 year old who is only 2 inches shorter than his 5 y/o brother. They just got a cute little shitzu puppy that is very cute.
Recently the mom has been letting her 5 y/o ride the bus. I do the same with Big Sis. So...I get to see them twice a day.
Here's my dilemma...the mom/lady/woman/girl (however you want to say it), likes to call me, "dear" and "hun." Now...I'm all for nicknames...I call my kids and husband by many nicknames and I don't know of 5 friends who all call me the same nickname (I heard that...yes, I do have more than 5 friends...probably even 10...so there). I like nicknames. For some reason...I just do not enjoy the woman who lives 2 doors down who is probably 5 - 8 years younger than me calling me, "dear" and "hun."
So...what do I do? I'll tell you what I do...nothing. I let her call me "dear" or "hun" or whatever she wants (unless it's a curse word and then...I'm going to have to do something about it) and I just smile and say, "Hi." I can't see why I should take this one on or why it should really matter to me. It shouldn't...should it. Nuff said...
So...have you ever had someone call you a nickname you didn't really like? How do you feel about "dear" and "hun" coming from someone who is not your spouce?