I tend to challenge assumptions. Particularly as a single woman.
Once, just after I completed college I had to call my High School to get some transcripts or some such.
So I called my High School and a student, working in the school office answered. I told her what I needed and she asked for my name. I told her my name, the same as I introduced myself at the start of the phone call.
"I mean your maiden name." she said.
"One in the same." I replied. "I've only just finished college, not married yet."
Shortly after I bought my condo, a friend, also a new homeowner told me about a home store going out of business. She knew I wanted to change my bathroom sink and thought I might find a deal there.
I remembered to swing by after work one day - failing to bring my measurements with me - but thinking I could look around.
A salesman swarmed me, and upon hearing I wanted a pedestal sink showed me a sink that could suffice for a tub!
"I think that is too big for my space. I'm sorry, I forgot to bring my measurements."
He went on about it being a 'regular size'. Not realizing that I live in an older building and not an oversized modern home that needs a sink the size of a swimming pool to bring things to scale.
He was relentless - trying to push the sink on me. I insisted my determination that it would not fit between the toilet and the tub and suddenly he was hit with a bright idea.
"You could call. Find out the right measurement."
I didn't skip a beat.
"Call? Call where, my home? Who would answer? I'm here. I am not home. I cannot answer at home if I am here."
He did not understand.
So I clarified.
"I'm not married. I live alone. There is no husband to come to my rescue here."
He was bewildered. As if I couldn't own a home without a husband or something.
Anyway. I left the salesman, looked around the store and found the perfect pedestal sink (petite size) for $49 and hired a handyman to install it.
I still love that sink!