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Good Manners

5 comments | May 19th, 2012

In my family we were raised to say things like "thank you", "you're welcome"; "please"; "I'm sorry"; all in the appropriate context of course.

Yes, we were raised with manners, to be polite, and to be respectful of the actions and feelings of others.  Even to this day, I have to say "thank you" every time the wait-person refills my water glass, removes a plate, no matter what conversation I wind up interrupting to do it.

Lately I have been struck by how impolite most people are.  I don't just mean in social situations or in places like restaurants, but with each other.  Ok, maybe it's just with me. 

I know it may seem like a little thing, but impolite people really get under my skin.  Say thank you.  Say sorry.  Say I'm going to be late. Say something, anything that acknowledges the situation.  Mea culpas and gifts aren't needed, just a little commmon decency and good manners.

One day I'll have kids and I can promise you one thing, they may not be smart, talented or good looking, but they'll be polite.  {end story}

Does rudeness hate on your happy, or is it a non-event?  Are you polite to others?  Thank you for sharing.

5 comments

  • Decency

    Posted on May 19, 2012

    Rude people make me want to get violent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted on May 19, 2012

    At my house, if we didn’t ask to be excused from the table we couldn’t get up from it. Manners and good behavior were expected. I am always surprised when I see little kids with no manners and wonder what kind of wolves are raising them.

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  • Chrissy

    Posted on May 19, 2012

    I am a bartender, and I cannot tell you the things people have said to me. Some men are complete pigs, and some women are so rude it’s unbelievable. I cannot tell you the number of times I would like to have thrown a drink at someone!

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