I fear that MANNERS are going by the wayside. I've noticed that 'Please' and 'Thank You' seem forced...they seem an afterthought. I spent many an hour when I was young, twirling my pencil as I fretted over how to thank Aunt Bess for the pink winter hat that had rabbit ears sewn on top and a bunny tail on the back. Of course I had thanked her in person, but a written note was mandated by the powers that be.
Being polite may seem 'old school,' but I try to be friendly and kind, An interesting encounter at the grocery store recently went something like this;
To the bagger, "Thanks for bagging."
From the bagger, "Huh?'
To the bagger, "I said, 'Thank you."
From the bagger, "Oh yeah, whatever."
When 'women's liberation' came about (and I'm certainly ALL FOR IT), we did ourselves a bit of a disservice. Guys were made to feel 'Un-PC' (politically correct) if they held open the door or allowed us to go first. Personally, I like that attention and feel awkward when it's missing. (So gentlemen, take note.) I can do without the bowing, hat tipping and the 'jacket over the puddle' maneuvers, but helping us into our seat is, well, nice.
Also, I like to see mannerly children. When my son was small, he used to say, "Skooze me." I thought that was adorable and of course, polite. He was also taught to shake hands, look people in the eyes, chew with his mouth closed and so on. Now, he is a Governor! -only kidding. Sooo...
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