Manners, Big & Small

20160105-071544.jpg The above dish towel a best-seller this season at the shops, which got me thinking of manners. Sadly, retail during the holidays can bring out the very worst in manners. Such as the mom who allowed her young daughter to run around the Market shop, who then knocked over a $60 bottle of bubble bath, which shattered into a zillion pieces getting bubble bath and glass everywhere, stating “anyone can knock something down,” as she headed out the door without offering help to clean it up or to pay for the broken item. Or the countless number of folks, young and old, who were on their cell phone talking from the moment they walked into the door, continuing as we would be ringing them through and wrapping their gifts, just taking enough time to toss us their credit card, take a breath, and then continue their cellphone conversation at full voice. Have modern times done away with manners? I think not, but some of the scenarios I witnesses this season make me double-check my own. Manners to me have so much to do with how you make those around you feel. A “thank you” makes the other person feel good. Manners also show respect to the other person. I think manners allows us to show kindness to other people, in very simple ways. Like holding the door open for the people behind you, female or male. Manners are here to stay, I know they are. They make those around us feel good & respected, what could be better than that?

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  1. I’m amazed that you don’t have an attractive and amusing sign on your door declaring your shop a cell free zone. Hopefully, the rudeness is mostly a holiday phenomenon.

  2. So true! My husband and I attended a sparkling wine tasting dinner with another couple a few weeks ago and shared a table with six strangers. The two women next to my husband would start talking the minute the speakers rose to talk about the wine. When there was no speaker they shared their cell phone pictures with each other and their friends. They owned a wound care business and were showing pictures of wounds on people! After dinner they insisted that my husband join them for their 50,000 selfies. It makes you not want to go anywhere in public.

  3. mimi moungovan

    thanks so much for stating your belief that manners ARE here to stay —
    that you know they are. that’s such a relief.
    you are such a positive, generous, kind person —
    if you believe it — I believe you.
    thank you.

  4. Well said Ted!!! It aggravates me so much when people can’t say excuse me! It will take only 2 seconds! Also, selfies at dinner!! I think that is horrible. But thank you for this post. I feel good that I am not the only one who desires manners.

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