I have been attending workshops and setting up my classroom to get ready for the beginning of school next week. (sob) So far, no fewer than 5 of my coworkers have referred to me as Grandma and one asked Derek if he came to school to help Grandma. The school secretary corrected her before I had a chance to. I adopted them a year ago and have referred to myself as mom since then. I have nicely corrected people, some repeatedly, ever since. Derek will be getting off the bus at my school most days, and I don't want him hearing this day after day. He already has enough abandonment issues, don't think he needs to be reminded on a daily basis. One of my friends decided that she and a few others will help out by correcting people also which is fine with me. Yesterday my gradelevel (including my defenders of truth) got together for lunch and to work on lesson plans. We have a new teacher and as we all were chatting, I mentioned my 2 year old. The newbie asked me if she had heard that right and when I assured her I had a 2 year old, she asked increduously "YOU have a 2 year old?" I smiled serenely and said yes while she stared at me. The funniest part was no one else said a word to her lol. I think they were all shocked at how rude she was and were waiting to see how I'd handle it. Maybe I should have asked her what happened to pretty Southern manners lol.