Garage Sale Grace
it may come as a bit of a surprise, but i’m a real bitch about manners. i semi-force my kids to thank everyone, greet and thank wait staff, say ‘bye bye, thank you’ when leaving places, tell parents ‘thank you for inviting me’ after parties, always say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’….on and on with my tiresome record.
it is almost a habit now. almost.
today, CD and i stopped by a neighbor’s garage sale because we saw feather boas and a Fancy Nancy dress that will work for her fairy birthday party ($2.00 total). the grandmother working the sale asked her if she would like anything from the free basket. CD looked her in the eye,
“No thank you”
“Well, aren’t you such a sweetie. With such good manners. Take some of my homemade cookies with you.”
“Mom, i think that lady gave me cookies because she liked my manners.”
“I know she did. Everyone likes manners. Sometimes people get so inspired by good manners, they want to show you kindness in return. (pause) So noooow you understand why mom is constantly telling you to use good manners.”
(looking at her cookies)”yep.”