This Tree Box is ok but…

IMG_8449, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

as I was admiring it an elderly gentleman came out on his stoop and was talking to me for a bit. But what was the greatest was upon departing I say goodbye and he replied – God bless. I love how you hear the old school say God bless. It is also like when I exchange pleasantries with some matronly types – they often say “hey baby” or “hey sweetie” in such a kind genuine way. These are the small things that make up the beautiful life.

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  • i LOVE when old ladies call you baby, sweetie, honey, or best of all, sugar!! its so endearing, and i think it instantly establishes a link that goes far beyond you + fellow DCer, to you + new friend.. where i am from, the counter part of that (young person speaking to old lady) is ‘Miss first name’.. the formality and respect of the title, with the familiarity and friendliness of the first name

  • My neighbor always says, “have a blessed day” — great way to start off the morning when we’re both taking out our trash at the start of the day!

  • I agree, yet once the person is under age… say, 50, it starts to make me uncomfortable. Why must I be such a cynic?

  • You know, Barack Obama recently got himself in trouble for calling someone sweetie and had to apologize for it:

    Of course, it probably didn’t help that he did it to avoid answering her question, but still, it would appear that not everyone is as enamored of the sweetie treatment as you and I. 🙂

  • I like it, too. There was a Post story several years ago on an older cafeteria worker who was fired or reprimanded for calling people “honey” and “sweetie.” Just unbelievable. I’ll see if I can dig up the link.

  • I think for the most part, people like it when women say sweetie and honey to other people rather than men to women. It is generally considered condescending when its the other way around. Unfair as it may be, it is what it is and Barack probably should have known better. I guess he found out the hard way.

  • The best departing salutation i hear routinely: “Be good!”

  • I hope you replied “I don’t believe in god, nor should you, you old fart”.

  • Anon 3:56 I think I just peed my pants!!!

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