“Mind your manners,” Mom always said.
My brother let loose one last burp. “Aww, Mom, we’re just having a competition.”
My brother didn’t win a manner’s contest that day, and so I wasn’t sure what to expect when four little boys wanted to visit our farm on a nippy October afternoon.
“Brace yourself!” I said to my hubby. “Here they come.”
Nine-year-old Boston rolled out of his parents’ van, barreled up our slate walkway, and headed straight for me. Before I had time to blink, Boston wrapped his little arms around my waist. “Thank you! Thank you!—” He squeezed tighter. “Thank you for having us over, Miss. Tracy.”
My heart swelled three times larger than the Grinch’s.
You see, Boston, along with his three younger brothers, had waited from early spring until late fall to come to our farm to ride the big ATV’s.
With three excited boys, and an equally excited dad in tow, my hubby gave them a tour. The first stop—the hayloft.
And then, finally, the ATV’s roared out of the barn.
My hubby hitched up the John Deere trailer. The trailer didn’t have shock absorbers, but the boys didn’t seem to mind that their heads wobbled back and forth like bobble-head dogs in a car window.
A few days later, a thick envelope arrived in our mailbox. I tore it open, read three thank-you letters, and admired a mindful masterpiece.
These precious offerings are also displayed on my Mindful Masterpiece’s page.
My hubby and I certainly didn’t expect thank-you letters. We were the blessed ones, entertaining polite and grateful boys who obviously learned good manners from their mom and dad.
So what are good manners?
Good manners are politeness, respecting others, and respecting yourself.
Kids, what do good manners look like at home?
- Help your mom out with chores.
- Keep your room tidy.
- Don’t snatch your sister’s or brother’s toys.
Kids, what do good manners look like at the dinner table?
- Offer to set and clear the table.
- Chew with your mouth closed.
- Don’t talk with food in your mouth.
- If you need to blow your nose, excuse yourself from the table.
Kids, what do good manners look like when you’re out with mom and dad?
- No whining allowed.
- Don’t throw a temper tantrum.
- Say “please” and “thank you” every time.
- Stay close to your mom and dad instead of running through the mall.
Kids, what do good manners look like at school?
- Instead of shoving, pushing, or butting in front of others, say “excuse me.”
- Say “good morning” or “good afternoon” if you walk past a teacher.
- Raise your hand before you speak.
- Return borrowed books to the school library.
For a delightful poem on manners, click through to read “How Nice I Am”.
Have another wonderful week! And don’t forget to practice good manners.
Happy Birthday, Marjorie!
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