I took Izabella, my 7 year old daughter, to Joann's with me last night. I found a couple of fabrics I bought a little of and when we got up to the cutting counter she asked if she could tell the lady how much we needed. I said sure so I would whisper in her ear 1 yard and she in turn would hand the bolt to the lady and say "1 yard please." When the lady finished cutting and handed Iz the fabric, Iz would say "thank you." Her and Diane (the cutting lady) chit chatted while she was cutting our fabric. Izabella then asked Diane "Would you like me to read this story to you?" (She picked up a couple of Superman books in the store) and Diane said "Yes, please." Well Iz read her one of the books which had words like Metropolis and conquering in them. Diane said to Iz when she was done reading "Wow. You read wonderful for a 7 year old, did you learn in school?" Iz replid "No, my mommy taught me." Diane then said "You have such nice manners for a little girl, it is wonderful to hear." and Iz replid" Thank you my parents taught me those."
Diane looked at me and smiled and told me "way to go mom, I don't hear much in the way of manners often." While that made me proud it also made me stop and think about the kids today. Yes I am very proud of my daughter for using her manners but I feel even better that finally an outside adult said something positive to her for them. Usually she will say thank you ma'am or sir and be told "Don't call me ma'am."
Is it just me or are those manners becoming scarcer and scarcer?