I Asked My Client to Stop Calling Me “Dear”

“I just hate it when people call me pet names!” my 15-year-old tells me at dinner. I cringe immediately because I call her “love” all the time. “I like it when you call me those names, mom, but not when strangers do it.” Of course, I tell her she can tell people how to address her. But inside I know I’m a hypocrite.

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I love words and people and “…conversations that it seemed a sin to break off: the ones that made the sacrifice of the following day a trivial one.” — Hitchens

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I love words and people and “…conversations that it seemed a sin to break off: the ones that made the sacrifice of the following day a trivial one.” — Hitchens

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