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My Little Mayberry: Manners

I had dinner at an upscale restaurant filled with couples, it was lovely until one man began loudly telling the story of finding rats in his BBQ and how he cooked them alive. Nice! It started me thinking of other examples of bad manners:

  • Talking during plays/musicals/movies
  • Slow people in the fast lane
  • Taking phone calls in the middle of a face to face conversation.
  • Scratching in public, ditto nose and ear cleaning
  • Swearing in front of children
  • Not sending thank you cards or emails
  • Head down, texting, no eye contact during meetings
  • Failing to show up or even telephone for a wedding you RSVP’d
  • Driving, windows open, blasting music at nuclear bomb decibel levels. Thanks for sharing (not) . Alert! There’s a terrific invention – ear phones!

Emily Post described good manners as having “a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others”. Today it seems folks need to be reminded of the EXISTENCE of others! Surrounded by our little bubbles of personally selected music, TV, video, online radio, podcasts – are we becoming a nation of self-centered boors? Nah – it’s nothing new. We’ve just found new ways to be rude. Fred Astaire said many years ago “The hardest job kids have today is learning manners without seeing any”. In the 1940’s Wendell L. Wilkie stated, “The test of good manners is to be able to put up pleasantly with bad ones”. Boy, have I got studying to do for that test! “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill. Hurrah and carry on! K

 

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Denise Denton-Rinzler
California poet and essayist, Denise Denton-Rinzler is a Williams Pioneer Review featured columnist. A Colusa County resident, Denise often writes about her reflective thoughts about our community. Denise has published 'The Wishing Jewel' and 'Small Minds'.

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