I must be getting old.

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I don’t yell at children to get off my lawn, but I fear it’s just around the corner. Why do I think this? Because the other day when I was reading an article online I saw this…

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And my first reaction was disgust. I not only wanted to seat that little boy properly at the table…. but felt a serious need to slap the pleased, over indulgent smile off his mother’s face as well. Harsh, I know. But I was raised back in the Mesozoic era with something called manners. Please and thank you, no elbows on the table. If my mother had seen me with my knees on a chair, face down in a plate of food? She would have snatched me bald headed.

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Junior eating a funnel cake with no hands isn’t cute…. and trust me, it will not serve him well in the future. Neither will the belching or farting you find so amusing. No joke, we once had one of these grown up children at our dinner table. When he was finished eating, he took off his shoes and started cleaning his toenails.

Not cute. Not at all.

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28 thoughts on “I must be getting old.”

  1. There was a time when the thrust of parents was to civilize a child to become an adult. Now we want to keep them children until they are 30.
    I was just reading about “adulting” classes in metro areas now where this generation of uncivilized adults can learn basics like how to prepare a meal and clean up afterwards. Manners, unfortunately seem to be taught in a hail of gunfire.

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  2. I’m right there with you River. Any attempt to behave badly would have resulted in the evil eye and then the belt when we got home. Yes it’s a harsh punishment but I grew up with manners, so it clearly worked.

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  3. 😖🥴 I do believe etiquette needs to be taught…
    Although, I realize other cultures have different practices, I do not approved of this child’s table manners either… Although there are times I’ve been so hungry I’d have liked to have dove into a plate of food head first! Lol

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  4. As a parent, I am forever reminding my children to say thank you and please, and to use their manners. It’s a constant job. You can’t ever let up or they become entitled brats. I cringe whenever I see kids (adults alike) with zero manners because I dread the day one of my kids marry a buffoon and will have buffoon in-laws. By association, I’ll have to deal with buffoons!

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  5. This country has gone to hell in a handbasket.
    I’m sick of parents thinking a child running around a restaurant or store is cute.
    Bulletin! It’s NOT. Control your children or stop wondering why Juvie Hall is so full.

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      1. I STILL boil when I think of those kids that day in Hobby Lobby. Screaming, running up and down the aisles and Mom was like “stop that ki….oh shiny object”….

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