we are all in the early 30's. My parents MADE us address them in this manner, however it was a horrible childhood and my dad was post neo-nazi in his parenting styles. Perhaps i just don't like to hear it for personal reasons. while we are in the south, I don't consider florida (at least my 3 yr experience here) to be that courteous, let alone have southern hospitality.
the father is jewish cuban, ds mother is venezuelan and the stepdad was raised in the new england states. stepdad is a firefighter, so i am sure that it is a respect thing, however he shows a lot of resentment toward him and has said some pretty horrible things to him in the recent past.
my ds is speech delayed and speaks very little. I know they are having so much difficulty with him and his special needs, we are not on speaking terms, unfortunetly. your comments did make me feel better, so thank you again. i'm just trying to ride out the rough times.