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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Modern Chivalry

We bought a new van. It has those cool power side doors with remote key fab. (Thank you whoever invented that!) So now Mem, our 2-yr old, tells her door "Open, please, door" and it opens. She smiles and giggles. She adores having her door open for her. After a few times she now responds, "Thank you door. You're the best." It is so cute.

The door got me thinking about my sons. When my oldest son was about 20 months old he pushed his Pappa out of a chair and tols his Nanna "you sit." To this day I have no idea where he got the idea that the lady should have the chair.

When he got to be about 4 he would hold doors open for ladies while staring straight at the ground. The ladies would say, "Thank you young man," and he would not acknowledge them, but was always so proud afterwards. It took 3 or 4 times before I figured out why he wouldn't look up. He wasn't allowed to speak to strangers.

What a quandry we put ourselves in today. We want to be polite, but also "safe" and politically correct so we have computers make those gestures of manners. Automatic doors, auto birthday cards, auto thank-yous. How sad when computers are the only acceptable way to continue what use to be considered basic manners. What next?

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