Purple Pen

Today’s “Kid, You Secretly Made My Day” is pretty much because I have yet to transition to calling people my age women and men. I’m not sure when we will cross that threshold, but it isn’t yet. Anyway.

Me, to one of my favorite boys who is using the exact same (purple) pen I’m using: “Ummm, where’d you get that? Is that mine?”
Boy: “Naw, Ms. Graham. You’re holding yours.”
Me: “Right. But is that one of my other ones? You know I need my purple pens. Did you steal this from me?”
Boy: “Nooo,Ms. Graham. I got this from a girl.”
Me, indignant in addition to accusatory at this point: “Well! What do you call me?”
Boy: “Ms. Graham, you a WOMAN!”

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