The Goops – by Gillette Burgess
The Goops they lick their fingers,
and the Goops they lick their knives.
They spill their froth on the table cloth–
Oh, they lead disgusting lives!
The Goops they talk while eating
And loud and fast they chew.
And that is why I’m glad that I
Am not a Goop–are you?
The Goops are gluttonous and rude,
They gug and gumble with their food.
They throw their crumbs upon the floor
And at dessert they tease for more.
They will not eat their soup and bread
But like to gobble sweets instead.
And this is why I oft decline,
When I am asked to stay and dine.
Good manners are hard to find these days, yet they are essential for success in life. Clarence Thomas said, “Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.”
What are good manners?
Good manners includes more than eating properly.
Emily Post, famous for writing about etiquette, put it this way: “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”
Manners are an outward expression of an inner feeling toward others. While they shouldn’t be a pretense, practicing them can create a feeling of goodwill toward people.
Which comes first? Who knows, but a good place to begin is by teaching manners to your kids.
When should you start teaching manners?
Right away. The habit of good manners is best cultivated early.
Don’t allow or excuse anything that you will have to “untrain” later on. What’s cute at 2 won’t be cute at 13.
Here is a list of manners to teach to help you get started:
They should learn to sit properly, wait until it is their turn to be served, how to hold a fork properly, and how to use a serviette.
They should learn not to reach across the table for things and refrain from expressing their dislike for certain foods.
“Eat at your own table as you would eat at the table of the king.” – Confuscius
Some of these can be taught very young, others can wait till your children are older, but teach them.
Start at home. Use role playing to teach how to greet people, answer the door and telephone, offer seats to girls, and shake hands.
Show the difference between bad table manners and good. Laugh about it together and make the teaching a pleasant experience.
Success in life depends on more than talent. There is power in good manners.
And after all, who wants to be a Goop?