Middle Class

Prompt: Etiquette


Dear Wednesday, a little late,

Dammit and bloody hell! I know this is not a polite way to begin a post, but WordPress is giving me grief by trying to force me to switch to their “new” block editor despite my resistance, and I am currently writing in some kind of Frankenstein classic editor hybrid, which is random and fickle and well, dammit and bloody hell! 

So how are you? 

I like today’s prompt, since it gives me a platform to promote my belief that most of the world’s ills could be solved if we all of us had good manners. Good manners means putting others at ease while still maintaining dignity yourself—imagine if politicians took up the banner!

People might say, Excuse me, sir, you look hungry and cold. Let me do my best to ease your suffering, since I am warm and well fed and understand that I am part of the same community as you! Madam, you are going to bring a newborn child into our community? Let me help you gain access to the best care possible, since resources are abundant and should not be withheld! Child, you look neglected and confused. Perhaps a humane safety net and access to a fine education can prevent tragic consequences in our community down the road! May god bless you, whether you believe in god or not, I respect your choices!

Kindness matters with regard to monumental issues as well as with small gestures. Everyone take a deep breath— a healthy breath behind a mask if need be—and go forth and save the world with good manners!

Now here are a few of my favourite cartoons, very loosely related to today’s prompt, “etiquette”:

 

 

Blame WordPress if this post is a dammit bloody hell mess, and have a happy week! 

~~FP

To Be Polite

Prompt: Polite


Hello Wednesday,

Did you ever see the movie The Miracle Worker, where Patty Duke played young Helen Keller and Anne Bancroft her teacher, Annie Sullivan? Do you recall that the majority of the movie was the teacher trying over and over, in vain, to get through to Helen that the hand sign language represented words?

Well, we should have named our puppy Helen, not Holly, because despite constant repetition, relentless persistence, and immense patience it took forever for smart, stubborn Helen to grasp that the signs meant something, in a dramatic climax to the movie after which the film ended like the snuffing of a candle. My question to the heavens is, when will Holly have her wawa water pump moment? When will she learn what commands (politely delivered) mean? When will she let us know when she needs to pee? When will she get it? When will I shout to the stars SHE KNOWS! ?

Yes, I do think we should be polite to all living things, including dogs. Why not? And why not trees and air and oceans? We might not face extinction if we had better environmental manners, right?

So relating tenuously to today’s prompt, here are a few of my favourite cartoons:

cartoon mountie hosiptal

cartoon holding door

cartoon dog sniff


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Love and peace,

~~FP