Saturday, October 04, 2008

Out of School Etiquette

This Saturday my husband and I went to "the fields" to watch our school's rocket science class students launch their first-attempt rockets. There were a mix of students and teachers there, and I introduced my husband to the 2 teachers, but then while I was talking to the students (many that are also mine), I didn't introduce my husband. I always feel goofy (and maybe not quite adult even though I'm in my 40's) and the words don't seem right:

"Student A, this is my husband Mr. ___" (seems stuffy) or
"Student A, this is my husband _____ _____" (I guess this would have been the best option: first name last name) or
"Student A, this is my husband ____" (first name only seems "wrong")

So like any goofball, I just didn't introduce him at all to any students. Then that feels wrong now, like he's just this shadow following me around while I talk with the students. Okay. In the future, first name last name. Do It!


  1. Anonymous11:43 AM

    "Student A, this is Mr. Cookie"

    but overemphasize the first syllable -
    "Student A, this is Miiiss-ter Cookie"

    (implying contrast with Ms. or Mrs).

    You think THAT might work?

  2. Anonymous4:12 PM

    It could ... or in my case: Miiisss-ter Brownie (since I kept my last name when we married). It still feels "off" to me somehow, so I guess it's just my hang up. I'll have to work on it because saying nothing ALSO feels off.

    Ms. Cookie

  3. Anonymous9:20 PM

    Oh well. It was a thought.

    "My husband, Mr. Brownie"?

    Better than "this is Jim, he packs my lunch"



  4. Anonymous11:42 AM

    I always feel weird doing introductions, too. I say, "This is my husband." I just stop there. They don't need his name. They won't be calling each other later.

  5. Anonymous12:24 AM

    Why not "Bill, this is Jan Brown; Jan, this is Bill Smith." ?

  6. Anonymous9:15 PM

    haha! I always feel a touch awkward here too, but mostly because "This-is-my-lingterm-partner-but-for-a-long-list-of-reasons-he-is-not-my-husband. Honey, this is my student"

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