Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing, and conveys much.- Erastus Wiman
Do you ever wonder where respect has gone? Whenever I travel across the USA, I am still amazed when I encounter "southern hospitality" and good manners. Living in California has its good points because of all the state has to offer, but there is something missing. Manners, respect, and genuine kindness. Yes, I know there are some good manners, but the majority lacks such qualities. In our house, we expect our children to say, "please," "thank-you," "excuse me," "Ma'am," and "Sir." The above quote caught my attention and caused me to think about courtesy. What's your take on this subject? Do you find courtesy, respect, kindness, and manners in the area you live? Recently, one of my friends had a baby and her mother came to visit from a mid-western state. Her mom was appalled at the lack of manners in our town. Of course, I was embarrassed and wondered, is there anything that can bring change? Is it a parent fault for not teaching manners, is it just society in general, or what? I wish courtesy was common.