Some reminders for us all, myself included, to remember in our daily lives:
- It's polite to wait until everyone has been served to start eating.
- 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.)
- 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.
- "Excuse me" is nice to say when you need to get around someone/walk in front of them at the grocery store.
- Thank you cards are so rare nowadays, that writing one makes you that much more impressive.
- Sit up straight.
- Don't talk with food in your mouth. We all do it. Let's try not to.
- Try not to interrupt.
- Cover your mouth when yawning.
- 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?