I suppose that worrying about kids and their lack of manners is universal – and the older I get, the more I worry.
The incident made me think of a list that I saw recently at Matadornetwork.com. The list was: 11 ways to humiliate yourself in
Number one on the list was: “Fail to say ‘bonjour’”. (To see the list of 11 no-no’s
to avoid in France France,
go to: www.matadornetwork.com/life/11-ways-humiliate-france/
I have gotten better about being sure to say ‘bonjour’ no matter whether it is at a shop, a box store or a social gathering but I am far from perfect. For instance, the other day, when my American friend Ray was with me, I could not find something in the grocery store, so I stopped a clerk and asked where I would find X? He stopped and said ‘Bonjour’ and after I replied with my own ‘bonjour’ he took me to the aisle where X was located. – and yes, I was embarrassed. I am most often guilty of failing to say ‘bonjour’ to everyone at a social gathering. If there is a roomful of people, I will often say ‘bonjour’ only to the host or those close by…
A little civility goes a long way. It takes almost no time at all and shows a level of respect that we have lost or have forgotten.
And if you think I have bad French manners, think about the kids these days!