Otis H. Hutchinson: Manners start at home

07/13/2013 12:41 AM

07/13/2013 12:44 AM

I read the article about teaching manners in the schools (Sun-Star, July 8). Although this is commendable and seems to be working, it was always my opinion that manners were taught in the home.

At home, it was always "take your hat off in the house" or when the ladies were present, as in an elevator.

My mother was always telling me to "take your elbows off of the table" or similar directions.

After a while, those things come naturally, even to this day.

The other day, I held the door for a lady and she said, "Thank you, it has been a long time since somebody did that for me."

I always thought that this was the normal thing to do.

The other day at a local restaurant, a young man took his hat off at the table, while dad kept his hat on; an interesting turn of events.

Since I have been crippled up with Parkinson's I have noticed that many more young people are willing to hold the door for me and I want them to know that this is greatly appreciated.

OTIS H. HUTCHINSON

Merced

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