National Courtesy Month

Who knew that September is National Courtesy Month?  I didn't, but according to the Farmer's Almanac, this is the truth! While I cannot find the origins of this month-long observance, I can find multiple ways to practice the fundamentals of courtesy.

When I was a little girl, we were taught to ALWAYS say the magic words, "Please" and "Thank you."  People have lost this...I thanked a young man for holding the door for me recently and he gave me a shocked looked as he stuttered, "Oh, ya,'re welcome."  Why should saying thanks (or please) shock people?  

One act of courtesy that I would like to promote from the highest mountains in the land is the use of cellphones.  Come on, folks!  Do you really think everyone in the world wants to hear your conversations?  Private conversations should be...private!

On the same track, put the cellphones away when your are with family and friends.  NO is impolite!  If someone sat with a friend whispering secrets while another person sat in the room with them, it would be thought of as impolite, right?  Texting is the same.  Be courteous and put the phones away.

Another act of courtesy to practice this month would be to be kind to waitstaff.  People who serve others have a tough job.  They are often on their feet for 8 to 10 hours a day.  They put up with all kinds of irritations, usually with a smile. They are working hard to simply get by. Many are students and/or teachers who are trying to make ends meet.  If you go out to eat this month, leave a big tip.  Your tip might be just the boost that waitperson needs to keep going!

So, dear readers, thank YOU for reading my blog, for all your comments and your support over the past nine years.  Blessings to you all!



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