Reason #25 Allendale Is Better Than Where You Live: Terms of Endearment
I had placed my order at the drive-thru (at Hardee’s, of course). Then, I drove up to the window, paid, and waited on my food. Soon, the lady handed me my bag and said, “Here you go, Boo.”
Boo. A nickname that is synonymous with “sweetie” or “honey.” It can mean “boyfriend” or “girlfriend,” but I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the context here.
I was called Boo. I drove away with a smile.
I love it here, because . . .
“In Allendale, it’s perfectly acceptable to call people nicknames, whether or not you know their real names.”
There’s Boo, and the common Sweetie, Sugar, Baby, Buddy, Honey, and Darling. Young girls are often called, Lil’ Momma’, while I’ve heard more than a few young boys simply called Man.
Guys (and sometimes girls, surprisingly) often call each other Ni**er, or Ni**a’. But don’t worry, I don’t use this term.
One time, a fifth grade boy called me that term, but he wasn’t doing it out of love. I had just suspended him from an after school program for fighting, and he decided to let me know that he was upset.
Right. In. Front. Of. His. Mom.
But that’s another story, with less of a happy ending.
But if all else fails, you can just call me Boo.