When my husband and I first moved to Memphis five years ago, we would always get introduced this way: Kyle is a professor at Rhodes College and his wife Petya here is from Bulgaria. Every. Single. Time. I did not like that. I remember thinking… oh, please, I am a strong, outspoken woman. I am educated, I have opinions, I have excellent taste. Surely, there is SOMETHING else you can say about me. But, no, Kyle works at Rhodes, Petya is from Bulgaria. Ugh.
Over time, however, I have stopped being bothered. I still give my friends a hard time about it but I really don’t mind. Because, I realized, this introduction is not only helpful, it’s also necessary!