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    Look at that blood, Mother

    I think this "Mother" definitely was said conscious of his wife by the husband. So is it an indirect calling?

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    ex)One day Erickson's young son, Robert, fell on the sidewalk outside their home. He cut his mouth and was bleeding heavily when his parents arrived on the scene, alerted by his cries of pain and fear...As the blood ran from Robert's mouth into the sink, Erickson said to his wife, "Look at that blood, Mother. That's good red healthy blood! That'll clean that wound out really well...."

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    Re: Look at that blood, Mother

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I think this "Mother" definitely was said conscious of his wife by the husband. So is it an indirect calling?
    I don't really understand what you mean here.

    It was once fairly common for a man to address his wife as 'Mother' once she was a mother, especially in the presence of their children. It was less common for a wife to address her husband as 'Father'.

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    Re: Look at that blood, Mother

    That's what I meant, sorry. Anyway, thanks!!!

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    Re: Look at that blood, Mother

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    .... It was less common for a wife to address her husband as 'Father'.
    to address him, yes, but mothers used to (less so now) use 'Father' as a proper noun: 'Wait till Father comes home and sees the mess!'

    A Beatles lyric (not an authoritative source I know, but indicative of speech patterns) has:

    Standing alone at the top of the stairs
    She breaks down and cries to her husband 'Daddy, Our baby's gone.'

    (from 'She's Leaving home'. 'Stairs' rhymes with 'Picks up the letter that's lying there'. Published transcriptions may say 'stair', but this usage is a middle-class Southern convention - 'Halfway up the stair' (A. A. Milne))

    (In the context, she's reverting to the time when they were young parents and 'their baby' was entirely dependent; but she - the daughter - may have left home for that very reason.)

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    Re: Look at that blood, Mother

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    to address him, yes, but mothers used to (less so now) use 'Father' as a proper noun: 'Wait till Father comes home and sees the mess!'.
    That is still quite common, I think, though it's more likely to be 'Dad', 'Daddy' or, in more serious cases, 'Your Father', than just 'Father'.

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