Its May 2015, and what makes my Mother’s Day matter more this year is that I will not be listening to my Mother as she passed away peacefully on 03.29.15. As a daughter of immigrant parents from Greece, my mom personally did not really celebrate Mother’s Day…she would tell me that everyday is Mother’s Day and Christmas also fell into that category. In as much as I miss all of my mother, what I miss the most is her voice. I miss listening to her broken English and a high-pitched sound that rolled out with a really thick Greek acent. She yelled a lot…and she did not have any qualms on telling people how she felt about their behavior. With that said, she would always find it perplexing that I would be a teaching people manners. My mother would ask, “Themetria, why do you have to teach people to be nice?” My mother could not understand that. However, what she did understand is the value of knowledge. So she listened to my passion and supported my tuition to become a licensed expert in protocol at the Protocol School of Washington PSOW.
Everybody has their own way of “listening” when it comes to their mother’s advice. Listen to your mother, what she said then and what mothers’ are saying now might be delivered differently, but the same message is there..Here are some tips from mothers that made manners matter.
“My mother taught me to cross my legs at the ankles and angle a little towards one side”…Dena in Hollywood
“My mother emphasized the importance of writing thanks you notes”…Cindi from Chicago.
“Do unto others what you would have done unto you”..Sadie from Pittsburgh
“Be nice”…Jimmy from Upper Saint Clair
“Really listen when someone is talking and focus your attention on that person”…Gretchen from Pittsburgh
“My Mother, Sue would say don’t brag about your children, let other people say good things about them.” Violet from Aliquippa
“Don’t talk with food in your mouth.”…Leo from Chicago
“One of the greatest things one can have in life is…choices. Make them wisely”…Helen from Pittsburgh
“Take time to write a thank you note. It makes people feel good and you show your appreciation and gratitude”…Rachel from Pittsburgh
“Don’t mumble”…Tanya from Greensburg
Mother, May I is very supportive of all these “mommy” manners! Manners mean so much more today than yesterday. Our mothers might have been more available to pick us up when we fell, physically and mentally, but today’s moms are all too busy caregiving, working, and managing households. Read “10 Ways Moms Can Balance Work and Family” on Parents.com
With such a demanding day, how can todays mom keep up with modern manners and impart on children all they need to know to make a good impression? Here is a suggestion…visit and share our advice via Facebook, Twitter, or online. Use your listening skills to help others be nice as your mother taught you and remember to pass those lessons onto your children…while sharing your own words of wisdom as well.
Mother, May I is here to help.
Demetria and Lisa
Co-Founders Mother, May I – Etiquette Experts