This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

Etiquette for families

Etiquette, or having good manners, is extremely important for social interaction. But etiquette, like language, changes with different cultures. So if you have ever wondered about how you should act around your family, here are some things that I have observed:

If you want to show respect for people, make an effort to understand their etiquette, and their language. And while it would be nice if an etiquette book could be written for every subtle shade of culture, it's just not possible. And the first thing that you have to realize is that most people have no idea that they even have a culture, or an etiquette. That's "just the way things are done". And it's easy to find out who these people are, just listen to them.

People who have never lived in another culture can't be expected to recognize their own. So listen to someone say that they never left the neighborhood where they grew up, that sort of thing. It's the vast majority of the human race, even to this day. Even people who move away to other parts of the world tend to socialize with people of their own culture. Retired people here in Arizona, for example, tend to congregate with other retired people from the same state. They continue to be Minnesotans, so don't expect their culture to Arizonan.

My experience is that the best etiquette is "Hollywood Etiquette". And if you've ever seen actors interviewed in the bonus features of a DVD, you know it. This is the etiquette of absolutely loving everyone, and everybody. This constant gushing may make some people nauseous, but it really is going to overpower every other etiquette. Everyone is your dearest, closest friend. You only, only, only, say nice things about people. Hollywood Etiquette spills over into Facebook Etiquette, where you like everything, you like everyone.

If you care about your family, and your friends, you will take the time to learn some of their etiquette. Of course, if you don't, you won't. And it will be very obvious.
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