Saturday, January 26, 2008

Manners...

most people have them but some don't! I can usually let bad manners by strangers in public roll off my back but last night I came this (imagine me holding up my fingers a centimetre apart) close to letting some lady have a piece of my mind. The kids and I were having dinner with Ken at the airport before his flight took off (oooh, I have a funny story about that to post tomorrow.) The restaurant isn't a fancy deal, they serve a lot of pizza and such. The hostess brought a middle aged couple to sit at a table 3 feet from us. The woman looked at our table made the universal sound of disgust, you know - the phlegmy back of the throat one, and said, "I am not sitting next to THOSE children!"

Now, why couldn't she say, "We'd prefer a table by the window" or "We'd like something away from the door"?

I'm also proud to say my children are really well behaved in public. We've worked very hard to ensure a pleasant dining experience. There isn't loud talking, walking about, messes, crying or complaining. They say please, thank you and yes Ma'am. They use their manners. Miss Crabbypants should have taken notes.

Thanks for "listening" to my gripe, I'll try to let it go now.

5 comments:

Nonni Ru said...

By holding your tongue my Grands were able to see Manners truly at work.....now let Nonni Ru at the "lady"........

Natalie said...

Go get her Nonni Ru! I'll hold her down while you tell her a thing or two! Good grief. I have been the victim of this crime too, and it's not nice. Miss Crabbypants is creating her own misery, so let's just say a quick prayer for her, then carry on with our kind and beautiful lives!

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

She didn't want to sit by your children because she was afraid she'd infect such nice kids with her fatal crabbypants disease. That's it.

patsijean said...

My brothers and sister were raised to behave in restaurants also. I great life-long lesson. I was too young at the time to remember the incident now, but one time I was behaving badly and Daddy carried me out of the restaurant fanning my fanny at the same time and made me stay in the car. Not child abuse, I apparently was a handful. Anyway, some parents allow their children to run wild in restaurants and it can be very annoying. Perhaps "Crabbypants" rushed to judgement because of prior bad experiences. I am sorry about that, but admire you for being a responsible parent.

Msdbeach said...

Your children are beautiful (love the skirt tugging picture) and you and Ken have done a wonderful job guiding them.

Just remember to always look upon those less fortunate ones (such as Miss Crabbypants) and remember how much they're missing out on with their snap decisions.

Love your blog.
Shalom
Nancy