It's an unkind world out there ya'll!!! Not everyone practices civility. People cut in line in front of me at the grocery store. People bump into me in public places and say nothing. Gift recipients don't bother to say thank you for a gift. Lord have mercy!
These are some magical words that we should all use to show respect and politness to others:
I raised by my parents to use kind words...to say "Yes Ma'am/No Ma'am and Yes Sir/No Sir" as a sign of respect to those who were older than me. Southerners use these polite phrases when speaking to adults...of any age. It is not considered as an attitude of servitude...it is a form of respect! Actually, if a Southern child answers an adult with just "Yes," that's considered rude! I always say "Yes sir" to the young bag boy at Publix...he deserves my respect just as much as the Manager of Publix!!!
"Excuse Me" should be used when poliltely...
~Telling someone you are leaving
~Getting someone's attention
~Asking someone to move so that you can get past them
Saying "I'm Sorry" is a polite way of expressing sadness and sympathy or apologizing when you have done something wrong.
"May I?" is a polite way to ask permission..."May I take your coat? May I carry your groceries to your car? May I speak with Miss Janice?"
"Please" is a magical word and should be used all the time. When you make a request from someone and add the word "Please," you are showing respect and consideration for another person.
"Thank you" is a word that should be used by all of us...everyday of our lives! "Thank you" is a word that shows respect and appreciation for an act of kindness...from someone opening the door for you to buying you a meal.
"You're Welcome"...is an appropriate way of responding to a 'thank you.' It's a word that we sometimes forget to use and should be used instead of a response like "No problem!"
Southern parents teach their children to use kinds words at a young age. They know that little gestures of kindness go a long way in showing politness and respect to others.
"The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid."