The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 29, 2014

Behaviors taught and learned

Experienced something  beautiful recently.

I was in Wal-Mart and picking out some ears of corn. While placing them in a plastic bag, the bag ripped and one ear fell to the floor. This girl I guess was 7 or 8 years old, hurried over and picked it up and handed it to me and smiled. For a split second I was shocked and then said, “thank you very much, I really appreciate that.” She smiled and said, “you’re welcome.”

Her gesture has touched my heart so much, as I’ve told so many about this beautiful experience. One thing for sure, her parents have taken the time to teach this young girl all about being polite, mannerly and so many positive ways to carry and conduct herself toward others. From what I’ve seen for years with so many kids, it’s been just the opposite to the following and from adults, too.

I was taught growing up if an adult needs a seat, get up and give them yours. Hold the door open and let them enter or exit. If sitting on a bus and no seats available, get up and let a woman sit or an elderly person by giving them yours. If two people are talking and if walking between them, say excuse me. Never address an adult by their first name, say Mr., Mrs. or Miss. Also, if an adult or an elderly person dropped something, pick it up and hand it to them. Don’t steal it and run. Don’t ask to be paid when an adult asks you to do them a favor, just do it and be polite. A warm Thank You to her parents and this young girl, only wish more would teach their kids these behaviors.

Valeri Schnatter,


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