#992: La Politesse

“After you, Mama.” The first time your Girl holds the door for you or a stranger, without being told to.

When your Boy starts off his sentence with “I want a—” then quickly corrects himself, unprompted, “May I please have a . . .”

When your children order off a restaurant menu, and then call out to server’s back as she walks away, so that she knows she’s appreciated, “And thank you!”

In a world where good manners are sometimes forgotten, it’s good to know that politeness and chivalry are not dead among the young.