I watched Becoming Jane* this past weekend and was struck with one thing. People sure used to be a lot more polite than they are now. They went around bowing at each other all the time and I’m pretty sure if someone forgot a “please” or a “thank you”, they would have been considered extremely rude.
Today’s world is a lot different. I’ve been to many a store where the cashier didn’t say a word to me, I’ve had many an occasion where someone let the door slam in my face, and I’ve been told many a time to “Get me this”- no please or thank you. I think my experience is common to everyone, unless you happen to live in the land of cotton candy and unicorns.
While there’s not much we can do to change the behavior of other people, there is a lot we can do by being good examples ourselves and demanding that kind of respect from our children. You can even take it a step further by reading etiquette books to find out what proper etiquette is in certain unfamiliar situations.
I’m not at all proposing that we go back to the world of Becoming Jane and go around bowing at each other left and right, but I do think that with how shaky everything else is in this world right now, that a little politeness will go a long way.
*Manly Home Eccers, feel free to barf all over the place at this reference. Sorry, but I like girly movies!