Usually went I'm walking around the base, I'm just me, Kelley. Or Mrs. S. Or Bensmom. (that what several kids from Ben's class call me - all jam together like its one name.)
Just me - the mom, the sub teacher.
Last night Drew wanted to go to a going away dinner for someone he works with. We rarely go to these base events. I know some other wives have to go to these things all the time. But not me - for lots of reasons - mainly that Drew doesn't want to go! A lot of them are during the day and I'm working or otherwise busy.
But last night he wanted to go and so I went to. I wasn't Kelley there - I was "Mrs. Drew S" and (my favorite) "Ma'am".
As in "Nice to meet you, ma'am", "How are you, ma'am?", "Have a good night, ma'am".
That's how it is in the military - even if you're younger if the other person becomes aware of your husband's rank and it's higher than theirs - you are forever "Ma'am". Doesn't matter if they've meet you at an official function or at the soccer field - "Ma'am" is your new name.
Now...if I can only get my kids to say that at the end of some of their sentences....