Tuesday, November 29, 2011

“Let’s Start Over Again”

Last school year, my friend Kathe and I offered an etiquette class for the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls at StarShine Academy. This was a learning experience for both of us as well as the girls.

With great enthusiasm, Kathe and I invited thirteen girls to join us and were delighted when all the girls said, “Yes”.  We planned on offering the class for one semester. While we did a lot of research, somehow or other, we missed the fact that most etiquette classes were for a six week period. We had planned for almost twice that long.

And, sure enough, after our sixth session we ran out of ideas. I hated to drop the class because the young girls were so enthusiastic and well mannered, and it was just plain fun. I did not want to let them down, so I went to the girls and told them that this was all we had to teach them and asked them, “What would you like to do?”

Without any hesitation, thirteen hands went up and they said, almost in unison, “Let’s start all over again.”

P.S. I was at StarShine when school started this year and several of the girls asked me if we could do it again.

By Lois Jamieson

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