I’ve been thinking lately about when I was a kid, and how that manners were all the rage! Well, maybe not with most children, but certainly with me. Was I different? Maybe, but when I found out that there were books written on the subject I secretly rejoiced inside. I was not happy with what I saw as out and out rudeness, so the fact that there were bonafide published rules I could point out to offenders to help them mend their ways, well, let’s just say my world got a little brighter!
Ever heard of Emily Post, or have you read a ‘Miss Manners” column before? I grew up with Dear Abby, and even though her advice did not deal only with etiquette, you would be surprised at how basic kindness and common courtesy would escape those writing in for advice. Times, they have changed!
What are manners anyways? Are they just a rigid set of dos and don’t s with the purpose of making us crazy and feeling very inadequate? Or, is their purpose more noble? Nobody can possibly ‘keep the Law according to Emily” ; not 100% anyhow. But, can we try to apply the rudimentary basic ones that have as their intention honor to others before ourselves, kindness, appreciation, and of course, consideration and gratitude? I sincerely hope so!
If you have a wedding coming up, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with planning, and all the tasks involved. If you keep your head on straight, and take deep breaths, you will get through it! Remember, your friends and family would love to be part of your special day, so don’t forget to delegate …in a very polite way! : ) And, as you incorporate manners into your life, do not forget to thank those who love you and help you with your wedding. Even the smallest task should not go unnoticed. My next few blogs are going to have some helpful tips and some funny old ‘rules’ from the ‘BOOK’…you will see how much things have changed!!