In visiting at my sister's home, I had the opportunity to spend some time with her grandchildren. I had brought small gifts for each of the children. They came up to me, thanked me, and hugged my legs.
I was touched, not just by the sweetness of their actions and words but by the good manners they displayed. In a world where manners are often thought to be out-of-date and out-of-style, these children's good parents took the time and effort to teach their children how to say thank you.
A small thing? I don't think so. What if each of us used our best manners--all of the time? Wouldn't our homes, our workplaces, our communities, our worlds be better and happier places? I refuse to apologize if that sounds naive for I believe that good manners would solve many of the problems that beset our society today.
Joy for today: witnessing good manners from God's children.