A little courtesy, please

Are you a good tipper?

When you go out to eat, do you tip the server at least 15%? Do you tip at all?  Do you send them running back and forth for extra sauce, forks and napkins or do you look around the table to see what’s needed and ask for it all at once? And do you say please and thank you?

Do you feel like I’m your mom or grandma right now?

Well, I’m not, but I am someone’s mom and grandma and I’m here with some good courtesy reminders, we can all use.

Pay attention to that person who just held the door for you and say thank you. Don’t just walk through like it’s their job, because they held it for the ten people in front of you.

Tip your server well. Your tip is a large part of their pay. And be courteous to them. Smile at them and look them in the eye.

That goes for the cashier in the supermarket, too.  Acknowledge their presence, speak to them and take a moment to get off your cell phone.

And, speaking of cell phones.  Can we put them down when we’re walking into the house, or a gathering or work? If you’re not the first one in the place, then someone else is who deserves your attention.  It might even be the pet who’s been waiting all day for your return. And you’re their whole world.

Not feeling well?  Have some vacation time?  Use it! No one wants to catch what you have. If you can work from home, do it.  If you can’t miss work and you know you’re sick, cover your coughs and sneezes and keep to yourself as much as possible. Johnny doesn’t want you in his cubicle telling him how sick you are.  Johnny is looking at you, planning his escape.

And please, if you don’t have a handicap, don’t park in handicapped parking spaces. That five minutes you think won’t hurt might be the time when someone pulls up, who really needs it. And one day, that someone could be you.

If any of these reminders made you say “Ouch,” I’m sorry and I still love you.

Yours truly,


P.S. Don’t talk while you chew.



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