One time at work a young girl, teens or early twenties, complimented my wedding/engagement rings and told me my “husband did a great job picking them out.”
And life is too short to correct everybody, especially at work where regulars ask me how my husband is and if we’re planning any children, so I just thanked her and genuinely enjoyed the compliment.
But then. She kind of got flustered and added “husband or wife. It really doesn’t matter.”
And that was. So amazing. I agreed and grinned, but for some reason my heart was racing. At the very end of the transaction, with a big smile, I said I’d pass her compliments along “to my wife.”
After that we were grinning together. She said something to the effect of “I’m so glad I said that. I almost didn’t.” She left with so much energy.
I have so much hope for this generation and also it never hurts to say “husband or wife.”