Over the past two years I’ve had the distinct privilege of working with women (men could come but they haven’t) who think it’s important to teach etiquette in their communities. We call it our Children’s Etiquette Train the Trainer program and it’s one of my favorite things to do. Women from San Diego, Los Angeles, Scottsdale, Annapolis, Chicago, Hartford, Greenwich, Detroit, New Jersey, Atlanta, New Orleans, Birmingham, Orlando, Jacksonville, Dallas, Houston, Washington DC, the Bahamas, Bahrain(!) and more want to teach parents, teachers, and kids of all ages the manners that can help them get along at home, school, and in the community.
These women have a variety of backgrounds and motivations to teach etiquette: teachers, social workers, counselors, parents, coaches, editors, and business people looking for a change or to enhance what they are already doing. And I admire them all. I certainly have a lot to teach but more exciting for me is what I learn. When we’re done, we’ve expanded the family of people committed to courtesy. I look at the pictures of the graduate trainees with pride and hope for them great success in their endeavors. For every one of them there is the potential of a gang of children and youth who will be exposed to the way of civility and graciousness.
I just want to express my appreciation to all of you who have spent your time and money to follow through on your commitment. Not only will you enrich the lives of youngsters in cities and neighborhoods across this country, but you have enriched my life. For both, I say, “Thank you!”