. .lately? It's not the worst thing in the world, but I'm being called "young lady" more and more often - just to remind me that I'm looking older. Sweetie is a common one, heard in restaurants both north and south.
Honeybun was the latest, new name I was called, by a grocery checker! Is it condescending, patronizing, "respectful?" the new "polite?"
If I could, I'd like to be addressed with no acknowledgment that I'm old.