Background info - Growing up where I did (Northeast US), it was the norm in my community to address adults by their first names.
If the relationship wasn't close, then it was Mr. Smith or Mrs. Smith. When I went to college, I realized that many parents of my friends and acquaintences expeceted to be addressed as Mr. Smith or Mrs. Smith.
DS is enrolled in a class and during class, the moms (and dads) sit outside in a lounge area. Several of the other parents bring their younger children along to play in the common area.
I noticed the other moms guiding their children to address the female adults as Miss Sally, Miss Anne, etc.
At the last class, another mom asked me how I would like her daughter to address me, which I thought was polite.
I said something along the lines of "I am comfortable with Caneel but if you are teaching her to use a more formal tone, she can call me Mrs. Jones."
Mom turns to her daughter and says "this is Miss Caneel, so-and-so's Mommy." Little girl smiles at me and I smiled and responded "I am married, you may call me Mrs. Caneel or Mrs. Jones."
From the collective looks on the Moms' faces, you would have thought I asked to be addresses as Her Royal Highness! One mom actually rolled her eyes, which caused a normally silent dad to giggle.
Is the Miss title a country-wide trend? I remember reading it was common in the South.
I was polite about the correction but I obvisously offended them, or at least caused them to think I was odd, by stating I prefered Mrs. over Miss. Am I out of the norm to prefer that I not be addressed as Miss?