My best friend Jessie and I have been talking about manners a lot lately - and a lack thereof. I think manners are intended to put others at ease. I am not perfect, and I certainly fall short lots of times (I know I have been guilty of talking too much), but I do try my best to use proper etiquette.
-I always write thank you notes. I am haunted to this day that I somehow forgot to write a thank you for a wedding gift. Sending thank you notes is probably the most important etiquette rule in my book. I think it is only right to acknowledge when someone gives you a gift.
-I never wear white pants or shoes before Easter or after Labor Day. I know a lot of people do not abide by this anymore, but I still do.
-I still say ma'am and sir, and call those older than me Miss or Mrs. For example, I have been friends with my friend Mrs. Carolyn for many, many years and I still always call her Mrs. Carolyn. (And I have a Chick-Fil-A date with this wonderful lady on Wednesday!)
-Drink soft drinks with a straw (and of course only Coke products).
-Bring a casserole or dish over when someone has a new baby or has surgery. This applies for funerals too, but luckily I have never had to do this for a death in someone's family. Only babies and medical procedures so far. (You can find one of my go-to recipes here.) This is another custom that I am HUGE on. I just think it's nice.
-I also think in this day and age, it is only wise to use discretion about what you post on your social media. I swear people will put anything on social media these days. Some things are TMI.
-Sitting with your legs together, crossed at the ankle. This one was drilled into me when I did pageants. You cross your ankles, not your knees, because when you cross your legs at the knee you are showing cellulite on your upper leg. I am always amazed at how many celebrities I see go on talk shows, and cross their legs and show their thigh to the camera.