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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Required reading on Southern Manners

Well now, these are types of things I was taught by my folks and was expected to know, but they're seen less and less nowadays. I'd like to change that.  I call them "Southern manners," but really they're just simple rules of good manners and civility. 

http://www.knowsouthernhistory.net/Culture/Manners/table_of_contents.htm

Here are just a few excerpts to whet your appetite:

"Gentlemen will open doors for ladies, offer their seat to them, stand when a woman enters the room and offer their arm when going up or down steps.  A Gentleman will never use foul language in front of women and children, or discuss improper topics in front of them.  It is sad to say this, but it is necessary today to explain what some of those topics might be."

"A Gentleman combines the skills of manners, conversation, conduct and personal integrity all rolled into a seamless package."

"Good manners do not ask you to give up life, limb, personal health or significant amounts of money.  Instead, it calls for civility and respect for others expressed in word and deed."

It's a small document - it won't take you long to read.  I guarantee that if you follow these simple rules you'll not only make great impressions, but you'll always be welcome and well thought of by those around you.  If these rules were the rule, not the exception, imagine what a nice place the world would be.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed that, though some of the practices could be debated. Chapter six was well written. I remember memorizing the definition of a gentleman. General R.E. Lee is humbling. Thank you for the subject.

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