A Few Reminders

Some reminders for us all, myself included, to remember in our daily lives:

  1. It's polite to wait until everyone has been served to start eating.
  2. Similarly, it is polite to wait until everyone has sat down to start eating. (Probably not going to happen at a college cafeteria, but out with friends, or at someone's house? You should wait.)
  3. Your napkin goes in your lap before you start eating. I've noticed that my mom, aunt, and grandmother do it automatically when they sit down. I usually forget until I'm about to be served.
  4. "Excuse me" is nice to say when you need to get around someone/walk in front of them at the grocery store.
  5. Thank you cards are so rare nowadays, that writing one makes you that much more impressive.
  6. Sit up straight.
  7. Don't talk with food in your mouth. We all do it. Let's try not to.
  8. Try not to interrupt.
  9. Cover your mouth when yawning.
  10. Say 'please,' 'thank you,' 'ma'am,' 'miss,' and 'sir' more often. It shows respect.

(Thought through with the help of my wonderful mother, the daughter of a very Southern woman.)

Do you have any other suggestions for little manner reminders?