Sunday, July 17, 2011
Good manner perserve Family
My daughter smiled in disbelief and showed me the letter rumored to be read "Round the world" from a mother in law that dared to offer some constructive criticism of her son's fiance. We agreed that the world is in sad shape when some one has to be given this little piece of advice:
When you are a guest in another’s house, you do not declare what you will and will not eat – unless you are positively allergic to something. You do not remark that you do not have enough food. You do not start before everyone else. You do not take additional helpings without being invited to by your host.
Personally, I thought how quickly neglect of good table manners can destroy family relationships. Selfishness is rampant in today's society. We see it in the form of eating on one's own time schedule, eating what one pleases, eating as much as one's greed can allow with complete disregard to others at the table.
A family's chief function is to love and support each other. This requires sacrifice - mothers and fathers sacrifice sleep and personal time to feed and care for children. Children learn to share. Everyone in the family learns to fore go some personal comfort for the benefit of the whole when we cook , clean, and live together.
I resolved to invite more careful observance of Table Manners in our home. I want my daughters to start off on the right foot with their mothers and fathers in law. Families are of what Heaven is made.