As you know, a person is not born with manners. Manners are either learned through careful observation of others’ behavior or they are instilled in us by friends or family members. Manners aren’t about being stuffy or artificial. Good manners are nothing more than a series of small, inconsequential sacrifices.
Today it seems fitting that I recognize that special someone who made an extraordinary amount sacrifices for me throughout my life — my sweet mother, Elsie Whitmore. Mom would have celebrated her 84th birthday today. But unfortunately, she passed away last February 28.
Not only did she show me the importance of being polite but she also taught me how to make others feel very special. When I was growing up, I spent countless hours after school playing at my mother’s beauty salon. She always insisted that I meet and greet every customer who sat in her chair. Little did I realize that she was teaching me social skills while talking and listening to others as they got their hair cut, curled or colored!
I am thankful that Mom cared enough to teach me the importance of developing personal relationships, socially and professionally. I only wish that she were here so I could thank her once again for all the good traits she instilled in me. I miss you, Mom. Happy Birthday!