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What a great story!  Courtesy and etiquette are certainly challenging things
to teach children.  I can't wait for the right time to tell that story to my
kids, but if I do it now my 6 year old twin boys will certainly be picking
up whatever bowls they can find (including the cat's bowl) and drinking out
of them.

Thanks for sharing that.

Ken

Kenneth S. Peoples, P. E.
Lehigh Valley Technical Associates, Inc.
1584 Weaversville Road
Northampton, PA 18067-9039
Phone: (610) 262-6345
Fax: (610) 262-8188
e-mail: kpeoples(--nospam--at)lvta.net

----- Original Message -----
From: "John MacLean" <john_maclean(--nospam--at)pomeroy.ca>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2003 1:44 PM
Subject: Re: Etiquette


> When I was a kid my dad explained to me that the purpose of both etiquette
> and courtesy were to make others feel comfortable in your presence.
>
> But he said courtesy came first.
>
> The example he gave was a state dinner hosted by King George V of England
> back in the 1930s. The guest of honour was the King of a distant country.
> Perhaps Texas. I don't quite remember. Anyway, they were having barbeque
and
> everyone was enjoying the dinner when the guest reached out, picked up his
> crystal finger bowl and took a big gulp from it. A huge breach of
etiquette.
> There was a wave of silence which swept along the table and everyone
looked
> surreptitiously over to King George to see if he had seen this gross
> offense. The King looked up from his conversation with his neighbour,
> assessed the situation in a heartbeat and casually reached out, picked up
> his own finger bowl and took a huge slurp from it. What the King does,
> everyone must follow, so before long everyone was drinking from his or her
> finger bowl. The guest had a huge time and never realized his great breach
> of "etiquette".
>
> Moral is, how about a little courtesy in our conduct ladies and gentlemen.
> Perhaps we can disagree without being disagreeable and comment or correct
> without personal insults.
>
> Or maybe we could get Jerry Springer in to moderate this forum.
>
> John MacLean
>
>
>
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