scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Sir Names?
Fred Heilbrunn (Lilchpn125@AOL.COM
Mon Apr 10 2000 - 15:30:44 CDT
Well, now, you can see that different troops do things differently.
I specifically REQUIRE that I be called by my first name. I bristle at the
thought of anyone mispronouncing my last name by trying to say Mr. Heilbrunn
(and I've heard them all). And Mr. H really doesn't get my attention when it
might be needed.
My boys call me Fred, and I do not suffer from any lack of respect. I do not
depend on the honorifics to measure or to deliver respect. Respect is earned
by the example one sets and cannot be imposed artificially.
When I use honorifics either in reference to someone or directly when
addressing them, it usually indicates my lack of respect for them. It serves
as a linguistic reminder to remain courteous even though my compulsion would
be choke the living s__t out of them. My Scouts know that if I ever used Mr.
with them that they would be in very deep trouble!
Other troops do it differently, and that's ok. Do what works for you. We just
don't need artificial constructs to simulate the proper attitude.
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Troop 125
Mount Vernon, WA