I have two very unimportant questions that nonetheless prey upon my brain if I let my P/C guard down even for a moment.
First---why do you suppose so many of us use all three names? I mean, I can see it if it is culturally based, "Dixie Lee" for example, or Bobbie Rae or whatever, but it seems that an inordinate number of us insist on using our middle name. Is it just one more affirmation? It seems to be one of my T-dar signals. If I see all three names used, I begin to wonder...
Or is it all in my head? (Well, yeah, or I wouldn't be asking!)
The other thing is clothing, specifically skirts. I wear skirts, especially on laundry day when my jeans are in the wash, or for weddings and funerals, but they are age-appropriate. Please don't anyone anywhere be offended, but I notice that quite a few of the (ahem) more "mature" among us (and I count myself as one of that "mature" number) tend to wear skirts that end a few inches below the navel. Maybe it's my location, but I see very few --OK, none at all-- natal women in their 40's and 50's walking around in "Harper Valley PTA"-length mini-skirts. It simply doesn't happen.
I *know* we didn't get to do it in our high-school days, but it seems once again (for me at least) to set my T-dar buzzing.
But maybe that's not important. After all, it's all about doing what you want, right? It does puzzle me when, however, someone dresses --Mmmm-- less than appropriately and then worries about being clocked. Seems to me that at that point, one must make a choice, or am I mistaken?
Seriously---am I mistaken? I have, God knows, ("Deity Proboscis") made more than my fair share of mistakes, and if I am reading too much into this, I'd like to know. Anyway, this is what happens when I have a late dinner and a wine cooler. I ponder things obviously not worth the effort.....except I do wonder, so I suppose it is fair to ask.
BTW, my middle name is Jean, after my paternal grandmother. My sister is named for our maternal gramma.
With boundless appreciation to anyone so bored that they actually wade through this,