Recently, at a basketball game, one of my male students, who has quite the sense of humor, walked up to Doug, stood about a foot away from him and said, "Hello, Douglas." I introduced the two of them and he asked Doug a few questions about his job. Then he suddenly asked, "Do you have Take Your Child to Work Day?" - and proceeded to ask if Doug would take him as his "child."
Then, yesterday, the following conversation took place in my speech class:
Student 1: "How's Doug?"
Me: "He's doing well."
Student 2 (from story above): "Yeah, I'm trying to get him to adopt me."
Me: "Wait, what?"
Student 1: "Haha, that would be awesome! Me too."
Student 2: "Would it be weird if I called you 'Mom'?"
Student 1: "How about 'Mrs. Mom'?"
Me: "Still weird."
Student 2: "MAMA PARTON."
*raucous laughter from class ensues*
Me: "Definitely not."
Student 1: "And Papa Doug!"
Student 2: "Mama Parton, can -Student 1- come over for dinner?"
Me: "Sweet, I just went from 24 to 44."
Sadly, the title didn't die yesterday, as I had hoped it would. Students were popping in my room all day today just to say hello to "Mama Parton."