I have a mistress.
And my wife doesn’t mind.
How cool is that?!
One aspect of homeschooling that I just love is how much I learn while teaching my children. Today I learned that I not only have a mistress, but that my wife doesn’t mind. Not at all. Why should she? It is she.
My son Major Havoc completed an extended worksheet on abbreviations this afternoon. Through the process of elimination he connected the abbreviation “Mrs.” with the word “mistress.” When I looked over his paper I was certain that there was a misprint. “Mrs.” is the abbreviation for “mistress?” I checked the dictionary. Sure enough, the worksheet was correct.
The next question that came to mind was, “How did I make it to 45 years of age and not know that “Mrs.” is the abbreviation for “mistress?”
The short answer is that I attended public schools. The long answer is that somewhere along the line I was taught that “Miss” was a term used to address a single woman, “Mrs.” was used to address a married woman, and “Mister” was used to address a man. “Mister” could be abbreviated using “Mr.” It never once occurred to me to ask what “Mrs.” stood for beyond “married woman.”
I think I’m going to start introducing my wife as my mistress.
“Hi! My name is Arby. This is my mistress, Melissa.” Then I’m going to enjoy some very entertaining facial expressions as people look from her to me and wonder exactly how to respond.
Mistress Melissa. Sounds exotic!
And to think that I wouldn’t have learned this if I wasn’t homeschooling...
Now, how cool is that?!