This is cute.
Every day when I walk into class, I give my laptop bag and the projector case to my students and they set up my system for me while I chat with other students before the class begins. As it happens, I have a picture of my wife, Marilyn, on the computer desktop. When the machines fire up, there she is in all her glorious beauty smiling down on the class.
One day I overheard one of the students refer to her as “Auntie.” Only then did it occur to me that, just as they sometimes call me “uncle”—a term of respect for an older man in India—so “Auntie” would be the corresponding term of endearment for my wife.
And so it goes.
Now every morning, when Marilyn’s picture comes up on the screen, I tell everyone to say “Hi, Auntie!”
And they do; and I think it’s sweet; and I hope you do, too.