Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rule the 111th


 George Washington was a great leader and Father of his country and much of it is due to the '110 Rules of Civility’ he wrote down and memorized as a youngster.
Without Rule the 16th, would he have garnered as much admiration?
Do not Puff up the Cheeks, Loll not out the tongue rub the Hands, or beard, thrust out the lips, or bite them or keep the Lips too open or too Close.
How necessary were rules the 1st and the 67th and the 44th in dealing with his ragtag, untrained and discouraged army,?
Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.
Detract not from others neither be excessive in Commanding.
When a man does all he can though it Succeeds not well blame not him that did it.
Rule the 82d surely contributed to his sterling character:
Undertake not what you cannot perform but be carefull to keep your promise.

My parents could have expanded this list by almost half again. While I don’t know if my 5’8” father’s ‘Short men should always have good posture’
would have made George’s list, he would certainly have approved of this for the 111th:
‘Hasten the departing guest’  and its understood converse. ‘Hasten to be a departing guest’

Once guests are ready to leave, don’t stand on ceremony. Don’t choose that moment to discuss the role of religion in politics. Graciously say your farewells and wave them on their way.
The converse covers guest behavior– don’t wait till the host is stretching and rubbing his eyes and looking at the clock with mournful eyes before beating a hastily cordial retreat.

My husband and I need work on the 111th. We escort our guests to the door, ready to see them off into the cold night air. We stand inside the door chatting. We lean against the door and fiddle with the doorknob and wriggle our eyebrows at each other and wonder what, short of shoving our guests out the door, could convince them to leave. And then one of the guests, who has also been fiddling with the doorknob and wriggling his eyebrows at his wife, asks, desperation apparent in his voice, “Could we have our coats please?
Rule 112th 'Provide departing guests with their coats’


beth BA said...

Was Kaleb the departing guest (minus the "wife" part)?

Susan said...

I wish I had known your father!

Lori Lipsky said...

I'm afraid you were ready to leave yesterday and I didn't let you go very easily. I'll try to do better...unless I forget.

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