Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bad Manners are closer then you think...

Here is a quote taken from Tea Party Girl

If you ever break bread with others outside of your immediate family, it is possible you have been offended by others’ table manners, or they have been offended by yours. In the age of eating in the car, while standing up, and on the couch one might argue table manners are obsolete. But this is far from the case. Do you think about your table manners when you eat with others? In restaurants, when we have to share close proximity with other tables, are we aware of how we act affecting those around us?

Let’s face it, eating with someone is an intimate act. And there’s ways to make the act more attractive and less attractive. Which category do you fall in?

Here’s a list of six bad manners that are incredibly common. Do you recognize yourself or your loved ones in this list?

1. Drinking before finishing the bite in one’s mouth.
2. Putting food in or taking the silverware out with the inside curve of the utensil instead of the outside curve.
3. Placing personal items on the table such as keys, cell phone, or purse.
4. Touching your head or face while eating.
5. Talking about your food preferences (likes or dislikes) during the meal.
6. Leaning on the table with your various body parts, including arms, elbows, or chest.

The majority of the above bad manners involve issues of hygiene. After all, imagine accepting the bread basket from the person who just ran their hand through their hair or itched their ear? And most likely, that purse set on the table was just on the car floor.

Other table manners involve how we appear to the ones having to watch us eat. When we wash our food down with our water or chew with our mouth open, it means we are oblivious to the person sitting across from us. Remember, the purpose of etiquette is for the respect of others, showing we are aware of those we are with over ourselves.


Melissa said...

Wow, thanks for getting me thinking! I must change some of my ways!

Melissa said...

Can you believe it??? My word verification was 'unchangeable'!!!!