Friday, May 13, 2011

A Bittersweet Party

by Lois Jamieson
This week the Manners Matter Etiquette Club met for the last time this school year. Twelve girls, age eight to twelve, have completed the course and received graduation certificates. We celebrated with a festive luncheon. I am happy to report that their table manners were perfect. After receiving their certificates and a small gift, they lined up to thank me and shake my hand, and there were quite a few hugs, too.

I am so proud of these young girls. Each Wednesday they hurriedly ate their school lunch and gave up playground time to attend the class. They had perfect attendance at each meeting. The girls brought their notebooks and always took notes.  They learned how to set a table and how to eat properly. These young ladies practiced meeting people with a nice handshake while making eye contact. They had a lot of fun learning about proper posture. The girls had a giggling good time walking around the library with a books on their heads.

The reason I call this a ‘Bittersweet Party’ is because it is the end of another school year. I always feel sad at the end of the year knowing I won’t see these wonderful girls until the fall.  I will, of course, still be writing about the girls through the summer.

The Manners Matter girls, like all the children Jan and I write about, may be Kids Without Stuff – as in ‘things’ – but they have lots of the best ‘stuff’.  They are appreciative and loving and have a great desire to better their lives.