My guess is that you agree. Good manners are so very important to our own happiness and those around us.
Life is a bit gentler when we all take care to be gracious, polite & thankful. This is especially true at holiday time when there is so much entertaining, gift exchanging & thanking to be done.
I think we all know what feels right with regard to good manners. It feels right to hold the door for the elderly lady, even if it means standing there for a while until she makes her way. It is natural to respond with a please or thank you when offered something.
And, for me it is automatic to write a thank you note for a gift. This is ‘thanks’ to my mom who always had the package of thank you cards on the counter before I even finished opening my birthday presents.
My mom will still ask me, “did you send so & so a thank you?” The answer is almost always yes ( insert eye roll even though I am too old to give those & now am the receiver! ) That being said, if you have ever given me something & I have not sent a note of thanks please forgive me & DON”T tell my mom!
In most situations the proper manners are pretty obvious, but what about table manners or manners in the 21st Century? Evites? Email thank yous? Aside from your own good sense there are guides to help.
I gave my girls Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers years ago. In 2008 to be exact, they were 5 & 8, so maybe I jumped the gun a bit. ( never too early to get accustomed to Tiffany blue or good manners! )
This slim volume has all the details on fish forks & whatnot. Moreover, it tells how to be a gracious dining companion. Witty & stylish it is a delightful little book.
A new book on manners has been penned by Liv Tyler & her grandmother, Dorothea Johnson, an etiquette expert. (my mom missed her calling) I wonder is this Steven’s mother…hmmm?
Nevertheless, Modern Manners ~ Tools to Take you to the Top, is a wonderful guide to navigating classic & 21st Century etiquette questions. You can pick up a signed copy for $19 at One King’s Lane.
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Have any tips for good manners in our mod mod world?
** Kelly **