Monday, December 10, 2007

Common Courtesy is No Longer Common

Someone once asked a Southerner, "Where does the South actually begin?" The Southerner said, proudly, "When you notice the children say, 'Yes, sir' and 'No, ma'am.'"

But good manners are not a matter of geography. There are as many polite children in Caribou, Maine, Wichita, Kansas and Tacoma, Washington as there are in Natchez, Mississippi. They don't learn politeness from a postmark. They learn from a parent.

But not nearly enough seem to be learning anymore. Common courtesy, unfortunately, has become an uncommon virtue. You'll know you've done a good job of teaching when your child says: "Thank your for teaching me to say 'Thank you.'"

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