When we were little, it was easy: everyone was Mister This, Mrs That, Morah Something, or Rabbi OrAnother.
It got complicated when I called a friend’s mother “Mrs. Mother” and she replied, “Oh, you can call me Miri now.”
Then I noticed a trend: middle-aged married women introducing themselves to me by their first names.
Granted, I’m a lot closer in age to middle-aged now. But it can’t possibly be okay to just call everyone by their first names now, can it? What’s the new rule?
I’m probably slow getting out of the gate on this one, but until recently, I wasn’t expanding my circle of middle-aged acquaintances very much. So this is a very new issue.