Manner Monday: What would George say?

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Happy President’s Day!

I’ve always been intrigued with the fact that George Washington, at the age of 16, penned 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.  I’m not sure about you… but at age 16, I was more concerned with cute clothes, cars and boys.  Yes, some of his “rules” seem quite funny in today’s fast-paced world, but others… well, they are still pretty spot-on!

For example, #18:  Read no Letters, Books, or Papers in Company but when there is a Necessity for the doing of it you must ask leave: come not near the Books or Writings of Another so as to read them unless desired or give your opinion of them unasked also look not nigh when another is writing a Letter.

Take the same phrase and insert “technology device”, aka “cell phone”…wow.  If only President Washington were around today, do you think his jaw might drop and his teeth would chatter at the lack of “Civility and Decent Behavior” we keep “in Company and Conversation”?

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