Sometimes in life you get conflicted by what you were taught asa child, and the outside world view of your perceptions.
I had a moment like that a few years ago. You see growing up we never called adults by name, whether a relative, family friend or a stranger.
If you meet a woman old enough to have grandkids your age then you refer to them as grandma,
If they are probably as old as your parents then they are automatically mum. If they are in early twenties then definitely they might be someone else's aunt so you refer call them aunty.
So, I was out shopping, I got everything I needed and to get the attention of the woman selling, I said mum and proceeded to hand over the money. She gave me a sharp look twitched his face in an offensive way and demeaningly asked, "who are you calling mum?, am I your mum?"
I was dumbfounded, she looked old enough to be my mom, I should have gotten a discount or recognition in the least, for referring to her in a respectful way but instead I was mouthed off.
Being a parent used to be a huge transition in life, something that brought pride to a person's life.
I learnt my lesson that day and started referring to older women as madam.
I still encounter a few who still hold on to the old ways of identity and they insist on being referred to as mum, grandma or grandpa.
The SkLO Puddle Vessel is an intentionally irregular vase that begins as a carefully controlled molten glass puddle. Available in five sizes, up to 32"/81cm high. It doubles as a candlestick with the addition of a custom brass candle cup insert, seen here.
Part of the SkLO:OBJECT accessories collection.