Subtitle: I might have expected it from a man.....
I went to the grocery store today, proudly sporting my "United States Navy Mom" sweatshirt. That way I could glare at the guy wearing the Florida Gators t-shirt, and he wouldn't be able to figure out why.
As I was checking out, the cashier asked me, "Where is your son stationed?"
Granted she was an older woman, but she was a WOMAN!!!
Come on, people, this is 2009 ... almost 2010. The Navy has been allowing women since ... oh, other than the auxiliary roles in wartime, approximately the 1970's.
I was more amused than offended, but this isn't the first time it has happened. Why, in the 21st century, would people assume that a child in the Navy is a son? Particularly in the post-9/11 era, when enlistment by BOTH genders in ALL branches soared.
Maybe I need a shirt that's more specific. I wonder if they make one that says, "United States Navy Mom of a DAUGHTER"?