4 Sep 2014


Letter P

Usually the first thing when your child grows up is to teach him to be polite. Usually it starts with learning to say "Thank you" ! The child becomes polite, but some people have forgotten this first rule of politeness when they are adult, and just don't say "Thank you" not even when they receive a card or nowadays a mail. So why do they teach their children to say "Thank you" if they don't do it themselves ??

There are lots of occasions where you have to be polite, you just can't say what you are thinking ! For example

- When I am invited to a party and somebody greats me asking for news about my son and I really don't remember this person, because I rarely recognize a face, I can't say : I have never seen you !

- When somebody asks me what I think about her new dress and it has horizontal stripes which makes her even fatter than she is, I can't say, you look like an oversized cow.

- When I meet people I can't stand at all in a public place, I still have to be at least polite and great them with a friendly smile (at least on my face)

- When I go to a funeral and I know that my friend is not sad at all because her husband died (she had wished his death at least once a day) I can't go to her at church and say : Youpee ! he finally is dead ! No, I have to make a sad face and hug her while she squeezes a tissue against her (dry) eyes.

- When I am invited for a supper and the plate really doesn't look very appetizing and tastes awful, I have to smile and pretend it is delicious.

- When I meet some VIP politicians of the city for an official event and I really cannot stand this guy I have to clench my teeth and shake hands with a friendly smile.

- When a grandma proudly shows me a picture of her grandson, I can't say : What an ugly kid !

- When I meet somebody in the street I haven't seen for a long while and think she really looks like an old wrinkled apple now, I  say : You haven't changed at all !

- When somebody shows me his slides for one hour and you see only children or family in all situations and you have never seen them before, you can't just yawn and say "that's boring can't you stop and show me something more interesting ?"

- When a mother praises the extraordinary qualities of her child and it is just rolling on the floor in a tantrum, I can't tell her that he is a spoilt brat.

- When somebody tells me that she has nearly died again for the 1000 time I can hardly say to her, but you are still alive.

- When somebody tells me 3 or 4 times the same story I can't say "you told me that already 3 times" I just have to wait until it's over.

- When a notorious womanizer marries a girl I know and she says at her wedding "with me he will change" I can't tell her that I have serious doubts.

And now be polite and don't leave me unfriendly comments ! 

Jenny Matlock
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Jo said...

OMW LOL!!! How can anyone be impolite to you after such a wonderful post! Have a "polite" day!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - love the bream in the previous post - look delicious!

It's essential to be polite isn't it ..sometimes I have to hold my words in ... cheers Hilary

Linens and Royals said...

I think you have covered most social occasions here so I'll go now in case I leave a comment you've read many times before.

Jim said...

I like your list, Gatina.
And "I'm not just being polite,"
(or have I told you that before?)

Andrew said...

Society and the world would no longer function if we all said what we really thought.

carol l mckenna said...

Great post for P ~ Imagine how the world would be ~ if politeness continued as we were taught ~ A bit of manners never really hurt anyone! Happy Weekend to you!

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Nonnie said...

politeness = respect? It's seldom showns by drivers & clerks; words not needed- it's shown by rude actions.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

My son is working on politeness with my grandson right now. It's fun to watch him teach his own little boy what I taught him.

Judie said...

Gattina, I think you covered every situation! Sometimes, though, it is just SO HARD to be polite! Hahahahaha!!

storybeader said...

Very funny! And how true. I think my (ex) sister-in-law has some sort of mental problem, because she tells me the same story over and over. But I just listen and am polite! {:-D

Cristina Pop said...

Haha! What a great list you made here!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely post! I agree, if we expect kids to use their manners, they should see a good example in us. Had to smile at some of your all-to-familiar scenarios.

Susan Anderson said...


Thanks for the laugh this morning!


Anonymous said...

Perfect post for the letter P! I just shared with my mom that I hadn't received a thank you for photographing a wedding last October. I did it for free. You'd think a thank you wouldn't be out of line. Loved the two cartoons!

A Lady's Life said...

I agree but unfortunately this is not what I see in life around here.
People say what they think.
No one cares anymore about politeness or culture. No one gives the old man or woman a seat on the bus.(That is the Christian thing to do.)No one teaches their kids manners.Today it's kiasu.
Kinda makes one think, when you tell a two year old No and he answers back F.U.