November 23, 2015
MANNERS, MANNERS, AND MORE MANNERS DURING THE HOLIDAYS!
Linda M. Penn
You’ll notice this Blog is a week early, as I usually post the first week of the month. However, I wanted to give some encouragement for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, not just the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. WARNING! I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes, but I just have to address an issue that keeps blaring at me and hits me between my eyes. Okay – here goes!
The next time I go to a restaurant or a family gathering and I see the adults and/or children using their cell phones texting, emailing, playing games, or whatever, I think I will yell, “MANNERS, WHERE DID YOU GO?”
As we sit down to eat with family and friends this holiday season, could we try to do something that seems to have become ancient – actual face-to-face conversation? (And I don’t mean texting a picture of yourself!) My daughter likes to use the term “quality time.” She recently sent me a cartoon showing Mom, Dad, and Junior at a campground and Junior is happily using the term “quality time.”
Okay, before you delete the rest of this Blog, think about how happy and excited Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Susie, and Uncle Jack will be when they see our smiling faces and hear us actually talking WITH them. Surely you and the fam can think of some interesting experiences to ask them about – their childhood, schools, chores, friends, holiday traditions, etc. You could even ask Aunt Susie and Uncle Jack how they met. You may be pleasantly surprised that you actually are enjoying listening to their stories.
FINAL ADVICE FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON:
Have a family meeting (yes, actual face-to-face meeting). Recognize each other’s negative feelings about going to see the relatives. Good , got that out of the way. You might feel better already. Then discuss positive ways to spend the time with the relatives. AND PLEASE, put away the cell phones for a pre-designated time period. Is going phoneless for an hour or two so hard considering you will cause warm and fuzzy feelings in your family members? (AND YOURSELF!)
See you on January 1. Keep Smiling! NEXT BLOG: THE HEAT IS ON! CRUNCH TIME FOR LEARNING!
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