Did I miss the memo where etiquette has been phased out?
I know, I know...I need to learn to lower my expectations.
Let me say, that my kids are far from perfect, I know this, but really we have been blessed that our kids are for the most part pretty good kids.
This morning we attended a Breakfast with Santa and it just really amazed at how rude some people were. I literally got a bottle of syrup taken out of my hand as I was getting ready to pour it..by someone who had butted in line to get the syrup. I mean she did giggle as she took it, so I guess that made it okay. If she had asked before she grabbed, I would have given it to her. Not even a minute later, Kevin was about to pour syrup on his pancakes when a kid snatched the bottle out of his hand! I was like, really?
Later, as we were helping to clean up, a bunch of kids were snacking on some of the leftovers. After a while, my kids followed suit. I reminded them nicely that we don't walk around eating, when we throw our plates away , that means we are done. I actually had a lady who stopped, stared at me and then walked stiffly away from me. For the record, I didn't say a thing to anyone's kids but my own. This is something that we teach our kids because it's rude and unsanitary. I didn't say it loud enough where anyone but my kids and this lady could hear (only because she was standing close enough to hear me). A few minutes later as Michael was helping another kid vacuum the floor, they had to keep stopping because people would walk in their way or when they got to certain places, there would be a gaggle of adults talking and they wouldn't move, even when the boys said "excuse me." Other adults were walking around eating and dropping crumbs all over the floor where the boys had just vacuumed. It just really makes me wonder about people.
I decided we better leave before I was annoyed even more. I made the mistake of stopping at the commissary for a few things. We were bumped into, shoved past and not one utter of a "pardon me" or "excuse me". Neil almost got knocked over by some girl who shoved past him. Then the mom gave us a dirty look like we were wrong. I seriously wanted to forget I had any form of manners and slap her.
What happened to manners? Sure, my kids forget, what kid doesn't but I correct immediately. It really makes me sad that etiquette seems to be a practice that is dying out.
I am really thinking I have some unrealistic expectations...but I don't care, I'll still enforce the practice of respect and manners in my kids...